Joan Marie France

March 7, 1927 - October 18, 2021

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Joan Marie Wilson France, 94, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 18, 2021. Joan was a strong willed and nurturing mother of eight children, grandmother to 24 living grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She was a graduate of LaSalette Academy and Villa Madonna College. Joan and her spouse Lou were members of St. Anthony Parish in Taylor Mill before becoming founding members of St. Patrick Parish in Taylor Mill. She enjoyed organizing family celebrations where she could always be counted on to create memorable event awards. Joan had many different careers to help support her growing family. She served as a staff writer for over two years for the Catholic 'Messenger' and taught English at St. Anthony elementary school in Taylor Mill. Joan was instrumental in raising support for the establishment and ongoing operation of Redwood School, and volunteered with the St. Vincent DePaul Society. She was a long-time employee of the Internal Revenue Service, starting as a seasonal worker in 1977 but moved into the Public Relations office utilizing her writing and storytelling skills as the principal author of the IRS employee newsletter. Joan was preceded in death by her spouse, Luigi (Lou); her parents Ralph and Mary Wilson and siblings: Mariella Meier (Bud), LaVerne Banet (Tony), Imelda Nageleisen (Karl), Ruth Metz Wilson (Bud), John Wilson (Eleanor) and Angela Wilson. She is survived by her eight children: Julie Weithofer (John), Monica France Barnett (Mark deceased), Tod France (Joyce), Tom France (Anita), Marilou Singleton (Doug), Amy McGee (Mark), Tim France (Gayle) and Tony France (Bridget), along with her 24 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at St. Anthony Church, 485 Grand Avenue, Taylor Mill, KY 41015 from 10:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 PM (Noon). Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Anthony Parish (Taylor Mill, KY), Redwood School (Ft. Mitchell, KY), or St. Charles Community (Covington, KY). Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Avenue, Covington (Latonia), KY is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Steve Metz - Oct 28, 2021
Our condolences go out to all of my cousins in the France family. We know that aunt Joan is in heaven and she is watching over all of us. May she rest in peace knowing her family is in the Lord's hands.
Justin A Jehn - Oct 26, 2021
My sympathies for the loss of your mother, who has left a long beautiful legacy to those who knew her. What a testimony of life to devotion to family and people. I remember Joan teaching me (as best she could to an 8 year old) the nursery rhyme Peter Piper. I had no idea of what that was at that time. She was hilarious and with that and I think my prize was some plastic army men. It must have been one of your family's birthday celebrations. And lastly, sitting in the St. Anthony cafeteria with my class and Joan was working the food line, shifting her glasses down on her nose to Tony across the way, over and over with a big grin. I celebrate your life!
Sheila Ford Horn - Oct 25, 2021
Dear Tom, I am so sorry to hear about your mother's death. I remember her as a wonderful woman. You and your family were blessed to have her. Please pass my sincere condolences to the rest of your family.
Barbara and Betty Yelton - Oct 20, 2021
I'm sorry to the France family over the loss of Joan. Our family extends our sympathy and prayers to the Wilson family. 🙏🙏🙏 Barb and Betty Yelton.
Kathy Stewart - Oct 20, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Danny and I are thinking of you and your family at this time. Take care of yourselves.
Doug and Polly - Oct 20, 2021
So very sorry for the entire France Family. Joan was such a wonderful woman. Always had a sweet smile on her face and kind words for everyone. Truly an amazing woman who was loved by so many.
Mark Wilmhoff - Oct 20, 2021
Tom: My sympathy for your mother passing away. The obituary was very nice about a very dedicated person. John 3:16.
Dave DeMaria - Oct 19, 2021
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Joan. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family.
Joe & Suzanne Weimer - Oct 18, 2021
We want to offer our heartfelt condolences to all of Joan’s family and friends. May you find comfort and peace in all of your memories together. Please know that you’re in our prayers.
Mary & B.J. Viator - Oct 18, 2021
B.J. and I extend our sincere condolences in the loss of your dear mother. I will never forget the kindness she extended our family during our time of loss. A gentle, kind and caring soul with so much love….she exuded love! We feel blessed and honored to have known her. We pray that your family finds comfort in all your loving memories of her, and in the love and support of family and friends. I also hope you find comfort in knowing she is now fully healed and in the arms of the Lord.

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