Joan June (Jensen) Wede was born in Lakefield to Einer and Gladys (Norgrant) Jensen on June 1, 1937. She attended and graduated from Windom High School in 1955 then completed an [undergraduate] degree at Mankato State Teachers College graduating in 1959. After teaching 5th Grade in Owatonna for a couple of years, she suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1961 in a car accident returning from a [Victor Borge] concert with some other teachers. Joan married Manley ‘Bill’ Wede on May 21, 1963 in a ceremony at First Presbyterian in Windom. After living with her folks in Bigham Lake township for a short while, they moved to Worthington where they lived for a decade adopting two sons, Greg late in 1967 and Cory early in 1971 as Joan took up the role as family Homemaker. The family moved to Sherburn in 1975 where Joan lived until 2017. She attended the Assembly of God in Sherburn and after moving to Worthington, attended Solid Rock Assembly. In addition to making a home for her family, Joan was very involved in volunteering and loved serving people in that capacity. Groups like the Boy Scouts when her boys were in school and later People First of Martin County (ARC of Minnesota). She was particularly proud of the District Award of Merit she received from the Boy Scouts in 1983. Joan completed her earthly race March 29 at the Sunset Cottage in Worthington.
Remaining are her sons Cory Wede (Sherburn), Greg and Teresa (Kramer) Wede (Worthington), Grandchildren Caleb, Camila, Abigail, Nicole and Anaka Wede (Worthington) siblings and in laws Wayne Jensen (Windom), Donna Mason (Davis California), Glalynn (Robert) Baird (Sacramento California), and Carol (Lantz) Jensen (Windom) and many nephews and nieces and their children and [daughterly friend] Linda Parker (Big Sur California)
Joan is predeceased by her husband ‘Bill’ and both sets of their parents, siblings and in laws Ina May and Chuck Taylor, Jerald Jensen, Virginia (Anderson) Jensen, Don Mason and close friend David Ebel.
In her living and in her death, Joan placed her hope in Jesus and the great love God showed us through His work at the cross.
Funeral will be held at the Sherburn Regional Worship Center 1:00 pm on Saturday April 10, 2021. A graveside service at Sherburn Cemetery and reception to follow at the Center’s facility.
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Joan’s family request memorials to be given to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance at https://www.braininjurymn.org/ and People First of Martin County (ARC Minnesota) at https://arcminnesota.org/ to honor our mother.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is assisting with arrangements.