Mom loved the hibiscus tree outside of her apartment.
Joan Regelbrugge
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 5, 1941
  • Place of birth:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 28, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Let the memory of Joan be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joan Regelbrugge.We will remember her forever.

Joan Elizabeth (Ciccia) Regelbrugge passed peacefully on February 28, 2016. Age 74.

Beloved wife of the late James D. Regelbrugge

Joan was born in Chicago, Illinois on 9/5/41.  She lived in Tucson, AZ with her late husband until she moved and spent her remaining years in DeKalb, IL.  We would like to thank the staff at Kishwakuee Hospital of DeKalb, IL. The doctors, nurses and support staff were very attentive to Joan and comforting to the family.  Joan was surrounded by a room full of love in the company of her children and grandchildren when she departed for heaven.  We know she was at peace as she left to join the love of her life.

Joan is survived by her 4 children: James, Anthony, Jennifer, and Angelique and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She touched so many lives and will be missed dearly.

Crematory:  Midwest Direct Cremation

Services will be a private family memorial.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in honor of Joan Regelbrugge to the American Heart Association:


A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love will never die,

As she takes her leave on earth or in spirit. As you take a deep sigh of relief as she leaves.

You may say my mother was swell, but when she was mad she was mad as hell!

A mother’s love is the greatest gift by God; although it isn’t always easy, the road sometimes rocky, that love remains forever.

Wherever a mother goes that precious gift will be with her forever.

There are no measurements to this love, it’s just there. This love has no starting or ending date, it just keeps on going.

Children may not realize this gift if given to them as well, as they mature into their lives and should use it well.

Remember, a mother’s love does not last forever.


Joan Regelbrugge


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jennifer Mault on 5th September 2017

"Happy Birthday Momma!
Love Jen"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Mault on 28th February 2017

"Mom, I can not believe you have been gone a year already. I miss you so much. I pray you are resting and happy. I love you, Jen"

This tribute was added by Debbie Rose on 26th January 2017

"I only knew Joan on Facebook, but she was an amazing woman! She loved her family and friends with all of her heart. This tribute page is indeed a labor of love."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Mault on 22nd December 2016

"Merry Christmas Mom! Love you! oxoxo"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Mault on 5th September 2016

"Happy 75th Birthday momma! Love you forever."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Mault on 8th May 2016

"Happy Mothers Day mom! I miss you so much. oxox"

This tribute was added by Jim Regelbrugge on 16th March 2016

"Four years ago today Dad left us to be in heaven.  After 49 years mom was left without the love of her life. It was difficult for everyone, but more so for her.

Mom, you left us a couple of weeks ago but your memories will live on with a whole lot of people. I am glad that you were with people that loved and cared for you at the time of your departure. Now you are in heaven with Dad and the rest of the family that made the transition from mortality to eternal life in the Lords Kingdom. You certainly earned your place there, as well as Dad. You were the buffer between irrational behavior at times and common sense. You made me what I am today through your experience and teachings of life.  You will be dearly missed by all that knew you.


This tribute was added by sylvia regelbrugge on 11th March 2016

"Mom, it is so sad that you left us at an early age just like dad did. I know you and dad are together again Always and Forever. I loved you and will always cherish the good times the 4 of us had, you and me dad and Jim when you were both still here. Your daughter-in-law  Sylvia"

This tribute was added by Mercedes Woodin on 9th March 2016

"Although, I only knew Joan Regelbrugge through Facebook-my heart goes out to her family. I knew Joan's husband James,as a young child, & my sister &I played with him as first cousins. My Dad Leon Regelbrugge James Dad Emil Regelbrugge were brothers. My prayers are with you-Mercedes Regelbrugge Woodin"

This tribute was added by anthony regelbrugge on 4th March 2016

"MOM,  I hope you will always know that the special connection  that we had I will never forget, Ive always enjoyed spending time with you and dad and Im glad that the last few years you were able to spend some time with us and my beautiful little girls ,Brynn and Reeghan both enjoyed coming to see you and were always so excited to visit. Blayne is off being like dad in the navy and im sure wished  he could have seen you before you left .You will always be my little mom and I  just wanted to say thank you for holding my hand and letting me know even as you were leaving that things would be ok.Im happy knowing you and dad will be together and im sure we will all  see each other again ."

This tribute was added by amanda hanson on 2nd March 2016

"I miss you already. your were such an amazing woman grandma and I will hold all our memories close to my heart. give grandpa a big kiss and hug from me. xoxoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Vera Regelbrugge on 2nd March 2016

"Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened me, but I know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You are in my thoughts. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Donna Borter on 2nd March 2016

"May the Warm Memories of your Dear one ~ Sooth you in the Difficult times and Help you to be at peace. Sending Love and Light! Godspeed Aunt Joan"

This tribute was added by Rachel Lisner on 1st March 2016

Words can not express how much I miss you! I know you are with Grandpa watching us. I will hold all the memories of you close to my heart. You are an amazing Grandma and I will miss our long talks and shopping adventures. I will see you on the other side Grams. Xoxoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Mault on 1st March 2016

"Mom, I love you and miss you so much! I will hold on to our special moments together as a family and our mommy/daughter time. Mom, you were the best mother and I am grateful to God for you! I know you are not in pain anymore. Rest now mom and know one day we will be together for all eternity.oxox"

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