Joan joined Zion when she moved to Buffalo in 1976, after having been married by a friend of Pastor Ed Blair’s a couple of years earlier at the Maple Plain Lutheran Church.
Joan was born in South Dakota and raised on a farm outside of Doland, South Dakota, as the youngest of four children, including a twin brother. As a child, she attended the Doland United Methodist Church. Joan is now single, with two grown sons, Jason and Jonathan, and seven grandchildren between their two blended families.
After 35 years of working in steel erection construction offices as secretary, bookkeeper, and owner, she is retired.
At Zion, Joan has been involved with serving at St. Lucia suppers, decorating for Christmas, making egg rolls for Harvest of Hands, and leading preschool crafts at VBS. This year she organized Zion’s group for Lutheran Night at the Twins along with her 15-year-old grandson, Tanner.
Joan is part of Zion’s Rebecca Circle and is participating in the Summer Bible Study for women. She values the opportunity to share opinions and the encouragement to think about Bible stories in a new way.
My Rebecca Circle membership is due to Ione Olson’s gentle persuading, her friendly smile, and her encouragement to become part of that group. I admire all the ladies in this group because they all were warm and welcoming. I respect them all and have found new church friends. Doing summer studies gives me a new insight into women of the Bible, and I like learning the history.
Joan has been square dancing for seven years and serves as club historian for the County Line Square Dance Club, based in Monticello. In the past she has served as queen (ambassador), and written up club news for the Round Up magazine. This year, the club visited Zion and led dancing at the Social Ministry Committee’s Fiesta fundraiser.
She enjoys travel, and is planning a trip to Michigan and Mackinac Island, Michigan, this fall. She also enjoys genealogy, antiques, attending her grandkids’ sports and volunteering at Montrose Elementary School, where some of them are students.