Joan Ruth (Knoll) Bauer, 76, of Ogilvie, formerly of Isanti, died March 27, 2011 at home.
Bauer was born in Minneapolis on Feb., 4, 1935 to Joseph Theodore Knoll and Nadine Iola Greiner and grew up in the Minneapolis area. She married Fred Bauer in Mason City, Iowa in 1952 and worked for Honeywell for five years before becoming a homemaker.
Joan was an avid bowler, maintaining an average in the 180’s for many years. Her many hobbies including thread-and-liquid embroidery, reading, dancing, playing cards, cooking, baking, horseshoes, fishing, going to country music concerts and her all-time favorite–shopping.
Joan and Fred spent their retirement years traveling in a motor home, having the time of their lives in Brownsville, Texas. However, Fred became ill and passed away in 2005. After dealing with the devastating loss, Joan started another chapter in her life when she met Greg Sjodin who gave her another meaning to life; she became vibrant and began enjoying life again.
On June 7, 2010 Joan received the devastating news that she had throat cancer. She fought this disease until she could no longer fight.
Bauer was preceded in death by her loving husband Fred, her sons Joseph and Freddy B, daughter Tonya and both parents. She is survived by her brother Joe, brother Bob and sister, Nadine; Nine children: David (Carol) of Cedar Lake, Debbie (Barry) of Apple Valley, Dale of Vulcan, Michigan, Jeffrey, Joan (Tom) of Champlin, Kevin (Tammy) of Fridley, Jackie (Jeff) of Mounds View, Joseph (Margaret) of Isanti and Tammie (Brad) of Elko; 22 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many friends and relatives. A special thank you is given to Greg from all of Mom’s children for the loving care he provided to our Mother in her time of need.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti with Father Jose Edayadiyil as Celebrant. Pallbearers will be Debbie and Barry Ryan, Joan and Tim Nistler, Jackie Bauer and Jeff Banks, Brad and Tammie Johnson. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel and also one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Interment will be in St. Kathryn’s Cemetery in Ogilvie.