Joan Sharon Kottke, age 79, of Howard Lake, MN, passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at the Waconia Hospital.
A funeral service will take place Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Visitation will take place Friday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m., with prayer at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to services Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, MN; 320-543-3401;www.swansonpeterson.com.
Joan was born Sept.13, 1942, to Melvin and Ardis (Krone) Kottke in Buffalo, MN.
Joan attended grade school in Hanover, MN and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1960. During her school days, she competed in the state current events contest at the Minnesota State Fair and participated in the marching band.
She started working for JCPenney after high school and fondly talked about her job duties and the friends she made while at the company.
Joan found her way to the Delano School District for more than 30 years. She worked as an aide in the elementary school, watching over recesses, helping in the lunchroom, printing, cutting, and making packets for the teachers to use in their classrooms.
Joan enjoyed her summers off, as it enabled her to work at the Wright County Fair taking tickets for the grandstand events.
Joan’s true passion was teaching children, and she accomplished this in many volunteer roles over the years. She was a club leader for many years; first in Hanover with the Handy Dandy 4-H Club, and later at the Sunrise 4-H Club in Howard Lake. She helped coach the 4-H softball team, direct the Share the Fun plays, and would keep the 4-H food stand running as a shift manager.
She also had the privilege to be a chaperone on many 4-H interstate exchange trips during her time volunteering with the Wright County 4-H program.
Joan also found a calling as a Sunday school teacher; first at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover, MN, and later at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. J
oan loved her time teaching children about Jesus and that included every child learning “Jesus Loves Me,” while they were in her class. She truly loved helping with the Sunday school Christmas program, and found great joy watching the children shine for Jesus.
Joan grew up on the family farm in Hanover, before moving with the family to a farm south of Howard Lake. Joan loved animals, and was always talking about her Holstein cows, draft horses, cats, and her special dog, Buffy.
Joan’s tasks on the farm were feeding the calves outside and throwing silage out the chute, and when it was time for a break she would yodel a song, much to the enjoyment of her siblings who happened to be within earshot.
She had many hobbies she enjoyed over the years; cooking, reading recipe books and newspapers, doing crossword puzzles, watching game shows and sporting events on TV, and collecting snowmen and bells.
Joan had a hidden talent for painting that was discovered during her time at the Cokato Manor. She was a kind and generous lady who always had a Hershey bar waiting for her nieces and nephews to enjoy.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Ardis (Krone) Kottke; an infant brother; and nephew Matthew Barthel.
She is survived by sisters and brothers Beverly (Murray) Reimer of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada; Meryl Kottke-Barthel of St. Michael, Clair (Kenneth) Miatech of Plymouth, Kathleen Kottke of Howard Lake, Shirley (John) Erickson of Cokato, Marlin Kottke of Howard Lake, Marson Kottke of Howard Lake, Lorrie (Wayne) Kozitka of Howard Lake, Nancy (Lanny) Anderson of Randall; goddaughter Sally Joan Kottke of Howard Lake; godchildren Carla Krone, Amy Kozitka, Nathan Miatech, Brandon Kottke; 17 nieces and nephews, 21 great-nieces and -nephews, four aunts, one uncle, and many other relatives and friends.