Joann Francis Jax, age 67, of Mayer, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at her residence.
She was born July 11, 1945, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Clifford and Betty (Harrop) McKim. While a young girl, Joann’s family moved to northern Minnesota.
After graduating from the Bemidji High School, Joann moved to St. Cloud to earn a degree in nursing.
She was united in marriage with Robert Jax March 15, 1969, at St. John’s Catholic Church of Johnsburg. The couple had made their home in Minneapolis and Bloomington, before moving to Mayer in 1975.
Joann had worked at many nursing homes over her career, including those in Delano, Waconia, Watertown, Buffalo, and Excelsior. When she retired from nursing, she enjoyed working with young children as an aid for the Watertown-Mayer School District.
Joann enjoyed baking, cooking, playing cards, and the dice game, Farkle. Joann and Bob liked traveling in Minnesota, the United States, China, and Japan. Joann also loved working in her flower gardens. She cherished her grandchildren, and lunch outings with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Betty McKim; grandchildren Amanda Jax and Hannah Jax; son-in law Ronald Haag; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gregory and Irene Jax; brother-in-law Terry Halvorson; and sister-in-law Joanne Heimer.
Joann is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert Jax of Mayer; daughters and sons-in-law Leah Elston of Waukesha, WI, Jenny Haag of Mayer, and Julie and Brian Kelpe of Lake Lillian; son and daughter-in-law Jason and Ashley Jax of Shakopee; and grandchildren Taylor Elston, Jake Elston, Claire Elston, Bryan Haag, Madison Haag, Grace Haag, Jonathan Kelpe, and Sarah Suzy Kelpe.
She is further survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Kathy Halvorson of Roseau, Phyllis and Dan St. Peter of Bemidji, and Betty and Richard Weiers of Monticello; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Eugene Heimer of Adams, Ken and Sandy Jax of Apple Valley, Dave and Nancy Jax of Bloomington, John and Cindy Jax of Adams, and Chuck and Charlene Jax of Bloomington; nieces; nephews; other relatives, and many friends.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius, with Fr. Joseph Gallatin as officiant. Interment was in the Island Lake Cemetery of Puposky.
Visitation was Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.