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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - September 8, 1999 Deceased Name: JoAnn Slovak, former News employee, dies at 41 Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday
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      Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - September 8, 1999

      Deceased Name: JoAnn Slovak, former News employee, dies at 41

      Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mobile, Ala., for former Dallas Morning News employee JoAnn Foster Slovak.

      Ms. Slovak, 41, died Sunday of lung cancer at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. A wake and visitation were Tuesday in Ennis.

      Born in Mobile, Ala., Ms. Slovak grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and Ennis, Texas, said her mother, Marge Dougherty of Ennis.

      Ms. Dougherty, who retired in December as a telephone operator at The News after 18 years, said her daughter worked at the newspaper for about 20 years.

      Ms. Slovak worked on and off in the newspaper's cafeteria and in the circulation department before she joined The News in September 1986 as a dispatch clerk in advertising. In 1989 she was promoted to a receptionist/secretary in the advertising department. She had worked in advertising dispatch for about a month when the cancer was diagnosed in May and she was too ill to continue working, her mother said.

      Ms. Slovak's outgoing personality and wide range of experience at the newspaper made her a favorite among employees at departments throughout The News .

      "She knew everybody," Ms. Dougherty said. "She was just a well-rounded person. She loved everybody, and everybody who ever met her loved her."

      Ms. Slovak was an avid fisher.

      "That was her main thing she liked to do," her mother said.

      In addition to her mother, Ms. Slovak is survived by her ex-husband, Joe David Slovak of Ennis; her father, Willie James Foster of Pace, Fla.; her stepmother, Carolyn Foster of Pace, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Lisa Slovak of Mansfield, and Krissie Marie Hoselton of Azle; three brothers, Guy Foster of Mobile, Willie J. Foster of Ennis, and Richard D. Foster of Mobile; a half-brother, Matt Foster of Pace, Fla.; a half-sister, Crystal Cota of Milton, Fla; and a step-grandchild.

      The Texas flag in front of The Dallas Morning News will fly at half-staff on Thursday in memory of JoAnn Foster Slovak.
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