Joanne Sako

Date of Death: 
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Joanne Frances Sako

Born August 20th, 1936

Died August 18th, 2022

Loving wife of the late Bernard.  Daughter of the late John and Helen Smith

Dear mother to Kathleen (Mike) O’Brien, Jim (Tammy) Sako, and the late Rosanne and Dan Sako (Christine) (and the late Kimberly)

Cherished grandmother of David (Becky), Steven (Amanda), Laura, Kristen, Kevin, Nicholas, Alecia (Ryan), and John (Christina) Great grandmother to many who she adored.

Loving sister to Ardis, Nancy, and the late Jackie, Donna, Neil, Barbara, Ursula, and Mark. Fun loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Joanne was born August 20th, 1936, in Chicago. She shared her childhood home with her siblings. Married to Bernard for over 60 years, Joanne raised four great kids in a home filled with love, laughter, and many pets. Joanne loved her career and co-workers at Central States Pension Union. She had a passion for gardening, cooking, the lake house in Wisconsin, holiday gatherings, and all the simple moments spent with family and friends. She looked forward to all life had to offer, each and every day.

Joanne was a wonderful person that touched the lives of many she had come to know over the years. She will be sadly missed, but this void in our hearts will be filled with endless beautiful memories.


In lieu of flowers it was Joanne’s expressed wish that donations be made in her name to

Rainbow Hospice Care Rainbow Ark Inpatient Unit


Paws Chicago (773)475-4242

Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 3:00pm


Christine Firer Hinze
Dear Jimmy and Kathleen - I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person, as you know better than anyone. Sending many thoughts and prayers, and much love to you and your families - and especially to Joanne's beloved sisters, Ardie and Nancy. xoxox Christine
Kristen Sako
To my grandma, I will miss you so much down here, but I know it was your time. Thank you for being THE best grandma anyone could have. I will cherish our memories for the rest of my life. I will miss coming over to your condo after class to have dinner. Love, Kristen
Audrey Majer-Meade
To the Sako family. I send my dearest condolences to you all. Joanne was truly a gem to precious for this world and I was blessed to have known her. She was like a grandmother to my brother and I. May god take her into his light and gives her internal peace.
Donna Zakd
Sorry to hear of her passing. She was a caring and loving mother and grandmother. My condolences go out to her entire family.