February 8, 2019


Joan Faith Weber Rolf, 87 years old, passed away in Key West, Florida. She was born on Aug. 14, 1931, to Jeannetta and George Weber in Chicago, Illinois and had a sibling, George, who was 13 years her senior. Joan is survived by her daughter, Joie (Todd) Switzer, grandchildren who she adored; Camden and Smith Switzer.

Growing up in the Depression and during World War II had a great impact on her formative years and she always said her best birthday ever was when the war was over on V-J Day on Aug. 14, 1945. She was very good at repairing items rather than replacing them.

No job was too big and she would sand, paint, spackle, construct or whatever needed to be done.

Joan went to Emerson elementary school, Morton High School and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. She was in the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. After college, Joan, who was quite the beauty and a sociable party girl, lived in Chicago and worked as a graphic artist designing wrapping paper, gift and greeting cards.

During this time she kept company with a fast-moving crowd including Hugh Hefner, whom she dated but broke up with because she was tired of helping him push start his Jaguar and didn’t think his newspaper idea would ever amount to anything.

While at a party at the apartment of Butch McGuire, she met her future husband, Jack Rolf. He thought she had cute chubby knees and she thought he was fun. They were married in May 1958 and honeymooned in Mexico. They had so much fun and kept extending their trip, as a result, they were both let go from their jobs. Not to worry, when they returned to Chicago, Joan was hired as an account manager for an advertising firm and created all the designs and hand drew the images for the Sunday ads for women’s apparel.

They moved to Oak Brook, Illinois, where Joan left the work world behind and was in her element designing their new house, playing golf, tennis, planning fundraisers, going to the Polo Club and having an all-around good time. Joan was a great athlete and won many golf and tennis tournaments and passed down her competitive spirit to her daughter and also her granddaughter.

Due to Jack’s business career, they lived in Europe for two years and moved often in the U.S., finally landing in Rockford, Illinois. In Rockford, Joan was a member of Forest Hills Country Club, Women’s Club, Junior League, and illustrated children’s books and cookbooks, all the while continuing her love of travel and sports. The cold winters led them to Key West in 1981, where they spent as much time as they could and made their home in 1996.

Joan was never one to back down, miss a good time and always spoke her mind. In her later years, she was legally blind but that didn’t stop her from riding her bike, going to her tennis luncheons, swimming her mile in the pool, playing tennis or going to all the fun Key West activities. Thank you to Jamie Strunk and Kay Melilli-Hughes.

In lieu of donations, be kind to the elderly; be patient and offer assistance. Service to be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Key West United Methodist Church.