Joan M. Fredrickson - Obituary

November 11, 1926 ~ December 8, 2011

Preceded in death by her parents, Marie and Joseph Fredrickson and her sister, Margaret Frank. For 85 years, Joan has been our beloved aunt, cousin and friend. She was an independent, spirited woman who led an adventurous life, traveling the world through her career as a civil service librarian to the army. Joan was a beautiful, highly intelligent and open hearted woman who was born with a foreshortened arm. Joan’s disability became her gift: with courage and humor she loved the world around her. Joan loved family, community, history, gardening, good books, Obama, the Twins and her animals. She was grounded by her faith. Joan was born in Farmington, MN and raised in the house her grandfather George Fredrickson built, a simple house with no running water. Joan and her sister Margaret would walk to grandmother Mary Feipel’s house where one sister would cuddle on grandmother’s lap while the other took a bath. Mary Feipel had 8 children who lived to adulthood; three of Joan’s uncles — John, Larry and George Feipel — remained in the area and worked for the railroad, ran a restaurant and became superintendent of the Montgomery school district, respectively. Joan lived in Richmond, VA for 40 years where she made many dear friends before moving back to the Twin Cities in 2008. Joan is survived by her niece, Christine Curtiss and her partner, Susan DeVries; her nephew, Thomas Frank and his wife Helen; numerous other relatives from the Fredrickson and Feipel families including Harry Woll and his son Dan; the children of Burt and Delores Tuttle; and Norman, Alan and Mary Lubke.


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Eulogy by Mary Petrie



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