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Joan Euerle, 87

Joan Mary Euerle, beloved mother and wife of Lennox Charles Euerle, peacefully passed away surrounded by family Thursday, Nov.18, 2021.

Born in Paynesville, MN, March 18, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Conrad F. and Emily C. (Stralka) Levno.

The family lived in a variety of places as she was growing up, including Delano, Little Falls, and South Minneapolis.

Joan graduated from South Minneapolis High School in 1952.

She married Lennox, the love of her life, Dec. 26, 1953.

For 11 years Joan was an Air Force wife living at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX; McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, WA; and Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

After the Air Force, Joan and Len returned to Minnesota and settled in Maple Lake in 1968.

They enjoyed their farm, spending much of their time in the garden and at the “Broken Down Tree.”

She also enjoyed several years as a 4-H leader of the Silver Maple 4-H Club. She worked in bookkeeping and billing services for Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, retiring in 1996. They moved to St. Cloud in 2003, then to Cokato Manor in 2017.

Joan’s great love was Lennox, her husband for 67.5 years. She was a deeply devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Her other interests included embroidery, sewing, gardening, baking, Star Trek, playing rummy, traveling, writing, (including writing a gardening column for the Wright County paper), reading, and feeding and watching birds. Betsy and Bootsie were her favorite pets.

Those preceding Joan in death include her husband; brothers, Conrad Jr., Robert, Raymond, Otto; sister, Louise Prozinski; and newborn son, John.

Joan is survived by children Steve (Maple Plain, MN), Sandi (Bill) Strickland (Sumter, SC), Debbie (Buffalo, MN), Rose (Steve) Foss (Cokato, MN), Juanita (Tom) Sparks (Goldsboro, NC), Tony (Andy) (Las Vegas, NV), and Ron (Lindi) (Fromberg, MT); grandchildren, Billy, David, Jason, Jessica, Aaron, Anthony, Nathan, Alex, Megan, Joshua, Jacob; great-grandchildren Gabriel, Cooper, Tyler, Ava, Mason, McKenzie, Lily, Sawyer; sisters-in-law Dorothy Euerle (Litchfield, MN), Adelaide Levno (Hutchinson, MN), Dorothy Levno (Brainerd, MN), Ardis Euerle (Dassel, MN), Annette Knutson (Cokato, MN); and brother-in-law Gerald (Audrey) Euerle (Litchfield, MN).

A funeral service took place Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service at Saint Timothy’s Catholic Church, 8 Oak Ave N, Maple Lake, MN 55358. Interment was at Minnesota Veteran’s Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.

Memorial donations can be sent to the Tri-County Humane Society of St. Cloud, 735 8th Street NE, St. Cloud, MN 56304.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com.

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