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Joan Michelsen

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Joan Carol Michelsen, 82, Magnolia, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and a funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., all at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Joan Kjelden was born on July 18, 1940, to Alf and Lilly (Hemmingson) Kjelden in Watertown, South Dakota. She attended school and graduated from Watertown High School in 1958. She worked for a short time and then enrolled in the School of Practical Nursing in Mitchell, South Dakota, where she earned her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Following nursing school, Joan took a job at the Luverne Medical Center in Luverne. It was here that she met her future husband, Wayne Michelsen.
The couple was united in marriage on Nov. 21, 1964, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. They lived on their farm near Magnolia. Joan worked various jobs throughout her life, including real estate agent, church youth director, and a rubber stamp card maker. Due to her declining health, Joan became a resident at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills in September 2019.
Joan was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she participated in circle, directed youth choirs, taught Sunday School, led the WINGS program, and served as the superintendent of Sunday School. She enjoyed crafts, was a talented card maker and had a soft spot for animals. She loved spending time with her family and was grateful to be an active part of her grandchildren’s lives. She enjoyed attending as many of their activities as possible.
Joan is survived by her husband, Wayne, of Magnolia; children Angela (Dave) Swenson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Stacey (Bradley) Hustoft of Luverne; seven grandchildren, Christopher Vickery, Jamie Vickery, Brittany (Lance) Van Der Weerd, Matthew Schmuck, Monaya Hustoft, Zayna Hustoft and Jacinda Hustoft; three great-grandchildren, Maddie, Karlie and Jackson Van Der Weerd; siblings Lyle Tofteland of North Chicago, Illinois, and Lynna (Ron) Christensen of Sioux Falls; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law, Todd Schmuck.
Memorials are preferred to the Grace Lutheran Church Youth Fund.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, hartquistfuneral.com.
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