Joan Carol Goebel, 62, rural Magnolia, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota.
A virtual visitation will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, with a virtual memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Zoom meeting ID: 915 5867 9164; Passcode: goebel.
Joan Walther was born on July 7, 1958, to Warner and Mary Jane (Ruppert) Walther in Slayton. She grew up on a farm near Avoca. In 1969 her family moved to Worthington, and she graduated from Worthington High School in 1976. She then attended Jackson Vocational and Technical School in Jackson for accounting.
On Sept. 17, 1977, Joan married Randy Goebel in Worthington. They made their home in Luverne, and Joan was a stay-at-home mother for several years. In 1992 they moved to an acreage outside of Magnolia. In 2001 Joan began working at Luverne Public Schools as a substitute paraprofessional. She loved working with the children.
Joan was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Luverne. She was baptized in 1980 in Marshall. She spent time in the field ministry with other members.
Joan enjoyed camping and traveling, doing puzzles and crosswords, playing scrabble, cards and games on the computer, and beating Randy in gin and cribbage.
Joan cherished the time she spent working in her flower and vegetable gardens and canning salsa, tomato soup, and other produce. She also enjoyed cooking and baking. She liked oldies music and was fond of dancing. She enjoyed life and was willing to help others any way she could.
Joan is survived by her husband, Randy Goebel of Magnolia; her children Anthony (Lisa) Goebel of Meckling, South Dakota, Chelsea (Todd) VanBelle of Beaver Creek, and Carrie (fiancé Tyler Aning) Goebel of Huron, South Dakota; her mother, Mary Walther of Rochester; grandchildren Logan, Ava, Riley and Kasyn; siblings Stephen (Elaine) Walther of Coon Rapids, Mary (Mark) Rubis of Lynn Haven, Florida, Francis “Frank” Walther (Bonnie Klabel) of Chaska, Diane (Leslie) Bucher of Eyota, Sally (Gary) Staggers of Broomfield, Colorado, Richard Walther of Bloomington, Deborah (Andrew) Broughton of Battle Lake, Julie (Brian) Archuleta of Gallop, New Mexico, John Walther of Stockton, Illinois, and Jane Walther (Terry Riemersma) of Hammond; and her mother-in-law, Rosanne Goebel of Worthington.
She was preceded in death by her father, Warner Walther; a sister, Susan Walton; and her father-in-law, Firmin Goebel.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.