Joan Marie Litfin’s courageous, five-year battle with cancer finally ended with her passing into glory Monday, May 13, 2013, at the Marie Steiner Kelting hospice home in Victoria.
She was born Dec. 28, 1934, to Russell and Anne Elms of Minneapolis.
Joan attended South High School and after graduating, Joan worked at the IDS Center in Minneapolis for several years doing a variety of administrative work in purchasing.
Joan married DeMarel “Sonny” Litfin Jan. 30, 1960, and later moved to Sonny’s hometown of Delano to raise a family and start a business. They had four children, Greg (Colleen), Sandra (Scott Michaelson), Jeff, and Teresa (Jeff Wertz).
Over the next several years, Joan worked tirelessly and faithfully as a mother, homemaker, volunteer, and business owner. She helped Sonny grow and expand their family business, M.J. Litfin & Son, Inc. into one of the most well-known trucking, excavating, towing, and salvage businesses within Wright County.
But despite the challenges of raising four children and running a business, Joan always had time for others. She loved to volunteer and give of her time, talent, and treasure; not only to her parish family, but also to her local community, to the Delano Senior Center, and to other civic organizations, as well.
Some of Joan’s accomplishments and service awards included: VFW Montrose Auxiliary Post 1901, 40 and 8 Cabane 1281, Delano American Legion Auxiliary Post 377 (past president, parliamentarian), and the 10th District American Legion (historian, chaplain, co-captain of Wright County, community service chairman, choir).
Other hobbies and interests included polka dancing, traveling, music, singing in the church choir, playing cards with family and friends, baking the world’s most delicious Christmas cookies, bars, and breads with her sister, Betty; and consistently spoiling all 10 of her grandchildren every chance she got.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, DeMarel “Sonny;” her parents; and her beloved brother, Gene.
Left behind to cherish Joan’s memory are her four children; 10 grandchildren (Bryce and Connor Litfin, Rebecca, Daniel and Aaron Michaelson, Hannah, Ellis and Aidan Litfin, Lauren and Madeline Wertz), one sister, Betty Haglund; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives, and friends.
Joan was a courageous and faithful individual who never quit and who will never be forgotten by those fortunate enough to have known her.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at The Church of St. Peter in Delano. Father Paul Kammen was the celebrant, and the organist for the funeral Mass was Karen Otto. Interment followed at the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
Visitation was Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Church of St. Peter’s Martha Hall in Delano; and continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to Mass.
Casket bearers were Brad Dalbec, Brian Dalbec, Steve Holmer, Mark Haglund, Mike Elms, and George Nieman.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.