JoAnn L. Buivid, age 89, long time resident of Port Washington, WI passed away peacefully Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Highlands Health Center of Newcastle in Mequon, WI where she had recently resided.

She was born on June 4, 1930 in Port Washington, WI; daughter of Al P. “Pop” and Joanna “Johanna” Grotelueschen Watry.  She attended St. Mary’s parochial school and graduated from Port Washington High School.

On July 21, 1951, JoAnn married Norbert F. “Snooky” Buivid of Sheboygan at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.  She would raise her four children and worked for some local companies such as Hollrith Insurance, Modern Equipment Manufacturing Company, Wisconsin Electric and Port Abstract and Title Company.

JoAnn loved to read.  She very seldom watched television, until recently when she enjoyed PBS Mysteries, movies and select CBS primetime shows.  She enjoyed book clubs through the Port Washington Senior Center.  When the children were young, the family participated in Scouting.  JoAnn was an early member with water exercise at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Aquatic Center.  She will be remembered throughout the neighborhoods with her daily walks and smiles.

She is survived by her children Jim (Barbara) Buivid of Grafton, Bill Buivid of Sheboygan Falls, Mary (Michael) McConnohie of Germantown and Joe (Paula) Buivid of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren Lauren (Eric) McBride, Aaron and Blake Buivid, Chase and Brittney McConnohie and Ashleigh (Michael) Jackson and Jessica (Jeromy) Cardiff; eight great-grandchildren Liam and Reese McBride, Kyle, Reagan and Adalynn Jackson and Lincoln, Evelyn and Audrey Cardiff; her sisters Sandy (the late Ed) Lanser and Mary (the late Harry) Sauer, both of Port Washington and Paula Watry of Milwaukee; her brothers Bob Watry of Lake Geneva and Tom Watry of Denver, CO, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Norbert on October 19, 2004.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6PM Thursday, February 13, 2020 at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1802 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI.  Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be held from 4-5:45PM Thursday AT CHURCH prior to Mass.  Entombment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.

Memorials to the Port Washington Food Pantry, 1800 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI, Special Olympics of Ozaukee County or charity of choice appreciated.



  1. Joann was my special, wonderful friend. We had many discussions around her kitchen table talking about subjects from books, financial subjects to recipes. Her good mind showed up on our discussions. She greatly loved her family, enjoyed many cultural plays with them, read good books, was always kind to people, generous.

    I am glad that she was part of my life and I will miss her.

  2. Buivid Family,
    We lived kitty-corner from your mother. She always enjoyed the outdoor Christmas decorations my husband put up. The last time I saw JoAnn she was at Lincoln Village and I was going to visit her but Buzz was Ill for several months and passed away mid December. I have been in the hospital several times since and just recently saw the obituary. She was a joy to talk to.

  3. JoAnn has always been a special person to me, Whether she was someone I saw in the office, church or just for a visit! She has a warm, gentle kindness an always seemed so interested in what what going on. For our Church Basket raffle- she was so generous and made our job so easy-she wanted the most popular basket and we were able to give her 2 Taste of Port Baskets!! I always called her our basket “Angel” because of her giving spirit!
    When I retired from the dental office she sent me a gift card and I used it to take her and her friend Eileen out to lunch…It was a wonderful day with these 2 amazing friends and I wanted to know more about them! We had a great time.
    I will always treasure my visits with JoAnn- I admired her kindness and gentle soul, and I truly loved her. JoAnn was special!!

  4. Dear Joe and the entire Buivid Family – I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mother, Grandmother and sister. Love and prayers to all of you.

  5. So sorry Bill Buivid

  6. Love you JoAnn

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