She was born April 19, 1941 in Queens, N.Y. to Rudolph and Catherine (Blackmore) Balvin. Joan grew up in the Long Island area of New York and attended Rocky Point School. Over the years while in New York she worked various different jobs and raised her daughter Michele. About 15 years ago she moved to Cambridge, Minn. to be near her daughter.
While in Cambridge she lived at Bridge Park Apartments and worked at Industries Incorporated. More recently she lived at the Villas in Mora and GracePointe Crossing Gables East.
Joan enjoyed knitting, crocheting, swimming, drawing, and other artwork. She attended Christ The King Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, special friend John Kean, brother Frank and sister Mary. Joan is survived by her daughter Michele and husband Greg Carlos of Braham, sister Katherine Simmons of Long Island, New York, as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge with Father James Hahn officiating. Special music was provided by Kenny Krona. Interment was in Christ The King Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.