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February 28, 1939 – Saturday, April 23, 2016

Service Information
St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Waverly, MN
Thursday, April 28, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Joan Mary Rask, age 77, of Zimmerman (formerly of Buffalo/Rockford) passed away peacefully in her home, while holding her loving husband’s hand, on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 after a 4 month battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakobs disease.
She was born on February 28, 1939 in Waverly the daughter of Vernie & Dorothy (Stumpf) Swanson.
On October 25, 1958, Joan M. Swanson and Severt C. Rask were joined in holy marriage at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with three children Mark, Mary and Melanie.
She was formerly employed as a secretary for the Rockford High School for many years.
Joan’s love for God was evident in all that she did. She enjoyed encouraging others though phone calls, cards, hugs and smiles and prayed faithfully for all those who were dear to her. Joan loved spending time with her family and friends, volunteering at her church, traveling, dancing, playing the accordion, taking photos and going to the casino. She also enjoyed taking care of her flowers and feeding her cardinals. She was a grateful, compassionate and faithful woman who was continually praising God for all of His Blessings.
Survived by her husband: Chet; children: Mark S. Rask of Boonville, MO and fiancé DeAnn, Mary J. (Rick) Kramer of Foreston, MN and Melanie A. (Todd) Liljenquist of Bloomington; grandchildren: Andrew S. (Monica) Rask, Laura M. (Eric) Mitchell, Michael S. Rask, Tannar S. Kramer, Tessa C. (Brandon) Rush, Sam D. (Angela) Kramer, Tim W. (Marquerita) Kramer, Grace L. Liljenquist, Alex J. Liljenquist, Caroline J. Liljenquist and Elizabeth M. Elford; great grandchildren: Sammy T. Kramer, Alden & Reeve Kramer, Daisy A. Rush, Brandon J. Rush, Millie Kramer and Lillian D. Rask; other relatives and many friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, a sister Ann Swanson Kuka Dahl, a brother Allen Swanson and by brothers-in- law: Raymond Kuka and Elvis Dahl, brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law: Al Rask (Della), Chuck Rask (Verdella), Lucille Rotz (George) and Margaret Linhart (Bill).
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Joan Rask will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Father Kenneth O’Hotto and Father Kevin Anderson will be the Concelebrants.
Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 28th one hour prior to mass at the church.
Honorary Bearers will be Tannar Kramer, Rick Kramer, Michael Rask, Andrew Rask, Eric Mitchell and Todd Liljenquist.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Deanna Rucks

    Joan so encouraged everyone and always there when you needed someone to listen. As be my Aunt and God mother she has been more than a model for me from singing in the choir or being just a good kid. To her husband, her love will still be there for you and our Lord will still hold you in the palm of his hand. To Mark, Mary, and Melanie, your light shines through everyday out of your hearts and her light will always be a part of you and her love for you remains. To the friends and family and grandchildren who will be loved always and never alone. God Bless

  2. John and Nancy Lambrecht

    You are such a special person Joan, you touched every one of our kids lives. Bless you for being the positive and loving person you were.

  3. Mitzi Bray

    Prayers for entire family in this time of sorrow. Joan may be gone from this earth, but she will forever be in our hearts.

  4. Wendy Whitten

    Joan was always so much fun. She always made me laugh and I always looked forward to seeing her and getting that great big hug! Loved all the phone calls, texts and pictures she would send. She was my mom’s rock and I’m so thankful for her special love. She will be so very missed but I know she will be watching over us along with Grandma & Grandpa. All of our love and prayers, Wendy & Mike

  5. David & Dayna Boudreau

    We send our prayers to your family, we are so sorry for your loss.


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