Joan Elizabeth Death, Obituary – On January 3, 2023, Joan Elizabeth (Olson) Shaul passed away in a calm and serene manner and went to live in heaven. In Deerfield, Wisconsin, on April 22, 1927, Joan Olson was brought into the world by her parents, Einar and Johanna (Kaupanger) Olson. She was an active member of her church circle and had been a Sunday school teacher at St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church, where she had been a member for her whole life. To put herself through high school during the Great Depression, Joan helped out on the family farm and also worked cleaning houses and watching children so that she would have enough money.
After she received her diploma, she moved to Chicago and found a job as a housekeeper for a household in Winnetka, Illinois. While she was there, the concept of beginning her own business emerged in her mind. In addition, she first met her future husband, Donald, at the Chicago train station when the two of them were on their way to Madison. Don’s time in the United States Navy came to an end with the conclusion of World War II. They exchanged vows in December 1945, and they had been married for approximately 67 years prior to Don’s passing away in October 2012. Michael, their son, and Kimberly, their daughter, were the offspring of Joan and Don’s union.
Soon after their wedding, Joan and Don made their home in Madison, and Joan found work as a hostess at a place called Manchester’s Tea Room. At the beginning of the 1950s, Joan made the decision to launch her own eatery. The family moved back to Deerfield and ran the Shaul’s Restaurant there for the next 25 years, during which time they provided meals to a large number of customers on a daily basis. She never slept in and was always in the restaurant by 4:30 in the morning. Joan treated all of her clients like members of her own family. She showed that she cared for them by consoling them, reprimanding them, and making them laugh.