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Joanna Kay Amborn

Joanna Kay Amborn, age 50, of Cokato, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Jan. 2, 1957 in Ortonville, Minn. to Albert and Annie (Brandvold) Amborn. Joanna was baptized there as an infant.

She attended elementary school in Howard Lake, and graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School with the class of 1975.

Joanna was confirmed in her faith at Elim Mission Church in Cokato.

She was the sixth of seven children, and the youngest of the girls. Her father called her “Juicy Fruit” because she would always steal his Juicy Fruit gum.

During high school, Joanna began working at the Cokato Bakery. She enjoyed working there through high school. After graduation, she worked at various jobs around the Cokato area.

In 1982, Joanna was blessed with a son, Jonathon. Joanna was a dedicated mother.

She enjoyed fishing, going outdoors, watching “Animal Planet,” doing puzzles, and especially, spending time with her grandchildren.

Joanna was diagnosed with ALS in July of 2006. Even through her illness, she continued to keep her faith, and her love of the outdoors and putting puzzles together.

Joanna had a good sense of humor. She would give a lot, and would not expect anything in return.

Joanna is survived by her son, Jonathon (Amy) Amborn; grandchildren, Austin, Logan, and Brylee of Stacy, Minn.; and brothers and sisters, Richard (Okhui) Amborn of Brownton, Gary (Jan) Amborn of Cokato, Eugene (Mary) Amborn of Cokato, Leo Amborn of Cokato, Doris (David) Erkkila of St. Cloud, and Lois (Alan) Teeple of Wasilla, Alaska.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a niece, Kimberly Amborn.

The funeral service was Monday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cokato with the Rev Dan Swanson officiating. Music was provided by Jodi Munson. Interment was at the Baptist cemetery in Cokato.

Visitation took place one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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