Joan Janssen

   Joan Marie (Lowenberg) Janssen, 90, Belmond, died April 4, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond, with Father Jerry Blake officiating. Graveside services will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery near Belmond.

  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:30-7:00 p.m., with a Rosary and Scriptural Wake Service at 4:30 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond. Visitation will continue one hour prior to Mass at the church Thursday morning.

  Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Croix Hospice, or Belmond-Klemme Scholarship Foundation II.

  Joan was born March 2, 1931 to Arthur and Mary (Nolan) Lowenberg on the farm in Goodell. She attended the Goodell School and graduated with the class of 1948. She attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City and worked for a short time before she married Merle Janssen on Feb. 19, 1951 in Goodell.

  Joan was a caring, loving wife and mother who devoted her time to raising her family and helping on the farm. She was a faithful member of the Catholic Church her entire life. Joan enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s school activities and was a lifelong Minnesota Twins fan. She loved watching any sports.

  Joan gave back to her community by volunteering with the Belmond Hospital Auxiliary, the Goodell American Legion Auxiliary, Hospice, and the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond; she was a Twin Lakes 4-H Leader and a member of the Belmond School Board.

  Joan was preceeded in death by her husband Merle (2003); infant daughter Diana Marie; her parents; brothers Merlin Lowenberg and Duane Lowenberg; sisters Betty Jindrich and Lois Sanzone.

  Joan is survived by her eight children: Danny (Donnelle), Dennis (Barb), Steve (Marilyn), Scot (Jody), Terry (Donna), Tim (Jane), Becky, Brad (Amy); 17 grandchildren, including: 

  --Danny’s children Matt (Melissa), Nick (Kacie), Jenni (Nick) Schauf, Joni (Nate) Osmundson, Jeff (Bailey);

  --Dennis’ children Rachel (Nate) Evans, Ryan (Jessica Rose), Heather (Andy) Sivia;

  --Steve’s children Jessica (Dan Carolus) Lane, Eric (Sarah), Nolan;

  --Scot’s children Justin (Megan), Holly (Mark) Lukasiewicz;

  --Terry’s children Brian (Kayley), Megan (Andy Spurgin);

  --and Brad’s children Caleb and Alyssa.

  She is also survived by 30 great-grandchildren; her brother Tom (Sue) Lowenberg; sister Therese Heminger; sister-in-law Faye (Wayne) Irelan; and two granddogs.