Joan Kathryn (Strand) Steele, 64, of Isle, died June 7, 2012 at her home in rural Isle.
A memorial Mass will be held on June 10th, 2012 at 3:30 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon, MN with Fr. Jerry Schik officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 until 3:30 at the church. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Grasston, alongside her parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles.
Joan is survived by her husband Mike of Isle, daugthers Bernadette (John Daberkow) Steele of Boeblingen Germany, Elisabeth (Shawn) Kadlec of Isle, Anne Steele (fiancé Justin Buhl) of Woodbury; Grandchildren Helena, Hailey and Arthur Daberkow, Sonora, Carson and Evret Kadlec, Gwenyth Steele and Rory Buhl; Sister Diane (Tom) Gibas; Sisters- and brothers-in-law Candy (Ruben) Zapzalka, Gary (Pat) Steele, Pat Steele, Mark (Lori) Steele, Rodney (Louise) Steele, Jerry (Robin) Steele, Greg (Kim) Steele, Marie Steele, Shannon (Rosalie) Steele, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Ruby Strand; mother and father-in-law Marie and Wally Steele, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Joan was born on October 15, 1947 in Grand Rapids. Her family lived in Talmoon, but soon moved to Detroit Mich. In 1951, Joan’s family moved back to Minnesota where they lived in Minneapolis where she graduated from Washburn High School.
Joan met Mike in Isle. They married June 10, 1972. Joan and Mike made their home in Isle before moving to Kelsey on the Iron Range where they lived for 11 years. Joan returned to college while her family lived in Kelsey and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth. They moved to Isanti for new employment opportunities for the two of them and returned to Isle in 1991.
Joan helped create the Displaced Homemaker Program with Tri-CAP based out of St. Cloud, counseling and encouraging the families who took part in the program and served well over 2200 households.
Joan was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was more important to her than anything. She was a constant source of support for her daughters and their families and the best cook ever. She loved to travel, and made several trips to Germany to visit her daughters and their families while they were stationed there.
Joan will always be loved and will so dearly be missed.