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“JoAnne was a wonderful lady with lots of love in her heart for everyone. She will always be remembered. So sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 46 | Posted by: Janie Klein - Morris, MN

“It was a blessing to have known JoAnne; she was such a spiritual person who indeed lived the Golden Rule. She will be missed so very much! ”
2 of 46 | Posted by: Mary Hill

“Our thoughts and prayers have been with your family so much. I had the privilege of knowing JoAnne through our Community Bible Study class. She so...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Janet Liebe - Milbank, SD

“Joanne and I went through Sunday School and confirmation together at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. We sang in a sextet together and...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Cathie Olson Prunty - MN

“Sorry to hear JoAnne left us. She will be missed greatly. ”
5 of 46 | Posted by: Marilyn Miller - Alberta, MN

“Your mom's passing is such a loss to many. I have many memories of her kind spirited heart and cheerfulness, even during her last days. I was glad...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Tammy Kohout Weaver - Osage, MN

“I will always treasure riding with JoAnne to chior practice every Wednesday night for about 20 years. Also going up town afterwards for a pop and...Read More »
7 of 46 | Posted by: Linda Hagen - Donnely, MN

“Saddens us to hear of JoAnn's illness and passing.Have been acquainted with her and her late husband over the years. ”
8 of 46 | Posted by: Milfred&Janice Kaehler - Morris, MN

“I will always love my piano teacher JoAnne, not just because she is the one who made me interested in piano but because she was a very kind lady. ...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Gwyneth Hanson - Alberta, MN

“I've known Joanne for over 30 years and every time I would see her. She was always so bright. I could be so far in the dump and her Hi Sandy would...Read More »
10 of 46 | Posted by: Sandra Biesterfeld

“I've known Joanne for over 30 years and evry time I would see her she was always so bright. I could be so far in the dump and her Hi Sandy would...Read More »
11 of 46 | Posted by: Sandra Biesterfeld

“May God bless you and comfort you in the loss of your mother. Your mom was a very dear friend and I always looked forward to Tuesdays when we could...Read More »
12 of 46 | Posted by: Evelyn Baas - Morris, MN

“Pat, Rick, Karen and Jill and Families, My heart goes out to all of you. The loss you feel can never be replaced but with only special memories can...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Carol Zurn - Detroit Lakes, MN

“I shall never see another wallet like your mom's! I always called it "JoAnne's little information database". Each piece/scrap of paper had some...Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: JoAnne Gerdes - Hancock, MN

“Dear Rick, Jill, Pat and Karen, May God bless each of you with wonderful memories of your mother. I first met her years ago at a wedding reception...Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: Marcia (Hesse) Schroeder - MN

“Pat, Rick, Karin, and Jill, Your mother will be missed dearly. She was the kindest lady with a very big heart. May it give you comfort knowing...Read More »
16 of 46 | Posted by: Shirley Busenga - Herman, MN

“Foley Families, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Her smiling face and joy-filled spirit made any event a celebration. JoAnne was...Read More »
17 of 46 | Posted by: Joyce Holleman - Riverside, CA

“Bless be the memory of JoAnne she was a tresure, so talented and just a super neat lady. Our Sympathy to all of your family and the Chokio area she...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: Karen Fermoyle Holme - New London, MN

“Thoughts n prayers to you. She was a inspiration to us all. We lift her spirit up to the Lord in prayer. Sincere sympathy ”
19 of 46 | Posted by: Wayne & Kathy Summer - Alexandria, MN

“Pat, Rick, Karen & Jill, There aren't words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Your Mom touched the hearts of so many people over the years....Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Sarah Heller - Brandon, WI

“Pat, Rick, Karen and Jill, so sorry to hear that you have lost your mother and my friend. What a blessing for me to have known your mother all...Read More »
21 of 46 | Posted by: Jan Gunnufson - Morris, MN

“It is so hard to believe JoAnne that you are gone. When you were getting very sick you asked me, in an email, to pray that it would be over quickly....Read More »
22 of 46 | Posted by: Sandi Marlow-Weber - Chokio, MN

“To Joanne's family. I did not know JoAnne very well, but truly enjoyed her over the years. She tuned our piano a few times and I just loved...Read More »
23 of 46 | Posted by: Londa Rambow - MORRIS, MN

“Joanne was so special-we had heartwarming chats in these last few months.May God hold all of you in his everlasting arms at this difficult time and...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Adrienne and Ted - Chokio, MN

“We will al miss Joanne. I will always remember sitting in the choir loft every Sunday watching her and the choir perform. The music sh directed are...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: John Quackenbush - Webber, KS

“Jill, Karin, Rick and Pat, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She certainly was a wonderful person and Keith was so happy to be able to have...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Keith and Karen Stroman - MN

“Jill, Karin, Pat & Rick, Our sympathy to you and your families. Your Mom was an amazing lady--her ability to make music alive was unbelievable. We...Read More »
27 of 46 | Posted by: Karen & Kermit Stahn - Morris, MN

“Pat,Rick,Karin,and Jill, Our sincere sympathies go out to you at this difficult time. Your mom was a great person, and there is a little bit of her...Read More »
28 of 46 | Posted by: Speed and Lila Anderson - AZ

“Your Mother was a very special friend of ours, remember the snow mobile trips, family get togethers, ccd classes she always had music for the...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Bob &Doreen Wade - Starbuck, MN

“My deepest sympathy to all of you. Joanne was a very special person. She always had a kind word to say and always took the time to listen. Imagine...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Tammy Ehrp - Morris, MN

“Special memories of sharing snowmobile trips, our children and dances. working on Church catechism activities. ”
31 of 46 | Posted by: Robert &Doreen Wade - Starbuck, MN

“Pat, Rick, Karin & Jill, Our deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. May it comfort you to know how much your mom meant to so many...Read More »
32 of 46 | Posted by: Donna Eul - Chokio, MN

“Pat, Rick, Karen and Jill - Your mom was truly a special friend to so many people in so many ways. She will be dearly missed in the community. Your...Read More »
33 of 46 | Posted by: Peggy Johnson

“I was so blessed to have my Aunt JoAnne in my life, especially when I was a teen. She listened and accepted me like no one else. Julie and I won't be...Read More »
34 of 46 | Posted by: Diane Stroman Macht - Raymond, MN

“Sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great person and a very good at playing music. ”
35 of 46 | Posted by: Sarah Larson - Morris, MN

“Pat, Rick, Karin and Jill I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom is a very special person. I always loved her smiles and hugs when I saw her in the...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Ruth Ritter Primus - St. Cloud, MN

“I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a great lady and was very talented. She will be missed. I can't beleive it has been 10 years...Read More »
37 of 46 | Posted by: Yvonne Anderson - Apache Junction, AZ

“Love you JoAnne! You have been a great friend. Rest in Peace. ”
38 of 46 | Posted by: Lori Grittner - Lewiston, ID

“JoAnne was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. She had a caring heart, always a smile on her face and was an inspiration to many. I was very...Read More »
39 of 46 | Posted by: Amanda Hill - Minneapolis, MN

“JoAnne will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. ”
40 of 46 | Posted by: Mike and Karon White - Morris, MN

“So sorry to hear of JoAnne's passing. My family was so blessed to have know JoAnne. She was a great neighbor, friend & piano teacher. My boys were...Read More »
41 of 46 | Posted by: Lisa & Brian Sletten - Alberta, MN

“Pat, Rick, Karin, Jill, and all of your families, Your mom (and grandma)was such a special lady and held such a dear spot in our lives. Take...Read More »
42 of 46 | Posted by: Sarah Foley - Cologne, MN

“Your mom was such a really special person. She was so very caring and concerned about everyone. We are so sorry to hear about her passing. ”
43 of 46 | Posted by: Cecilia & Lloyd Kill - Morris, MN

“JoAnne was one of the nicest people you run across in life who participated in community and church throughly. People like that are well respected...Read More »
44 of 46 | Posted by: Lance Hagen - Coon Rapids, MN

“Jill, Rick, Karin,and Pat, So sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful person and I will miss seeing her around. She would always visit...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: Beth Hottovy - Morris, MN

“Sorry to hear of the final chapter of your mothers life. JoAnn was a good and gracious person. She was always willing to help in any way that she...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Evie Schmitz - Chokio, MN


JoAnne Foley passed away on February 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in her home after losing her battle with cancer. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio, MN, with visitation one hour prior to the service. JoAnne was born on Tuesday, November 14, 1944, in Duluth, MN to Jesse and Carol (Fagerlie) Flury. When the war was over, her family moved to Moorhead, MN. Five years later, they moved to Detroit Lakes, where she attended all of her school years, graduating in 1962. Coming from a musical family, she was self-taught in piano during school. After graduating, she took a piano course from a music teacher in Detroit Lakes through the Sherwood Music School in Chicago, IL. During this time, she began her piano teaching career with 60 students. She retired from piano teaching several times over the years, with her last three students finishing with their final recital on November 20, 2011. She was married to Richard (Dick) Foley on March 6, 1965, at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, MN. She was raised Lutheran and after marrying Dick, she spent the next 35 years as a "Luthlic Catheran", being the dedicated organist and choir director for 35 years at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio, MN, and as a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio, MN. She also spent many years teaching music to the Sunday school students at St. Mary's. On October 23, 1986, JoAnne completed a correspondence course through the American School of Piano Tuning. She tuned hundreds of pianos in the area and traveled as far as Virginia Beach, VA, to tune a piano. JoAnne enjoyed wood-working with her scroll saw, trivia, and research and history. She compiled a book on the history of Alberta, MN, and also volunteered at the Stevens County Historical Society doing research and other projects. JoAnne was preceded in death by her husband, Richard (Dick), in 2002, and sister, Lillian Dewane. She is survived by her four children; Patricia (husband, Scott Roby) Foley of Duluth, MN, Richard (wife, Shawna Gugel) Foley of Virginia Beach, VA, Karin (Douglas) Jahnke of Johnson, MN, and Jill (Steven) Weber of Sauk Rapids, MN, grandchildren; Lauren and Kayla Foley, Brenda, Ashlie and Nicholas Jahnke, and Hannah, Jacob and Jack Weber, sisters; Jeanette (Ken) Ziegler of Mankato, MN, and Marilyn Collins of Broken Arrow, OK, brothers-in-law; Joe Dewane of Aurora, IL, Deane Osterman of Spokane, WA, and Don Stroman of Morris, MN, and sister-in-law; Donna (Russell) Larson of Chokio, MN. Other survivors include some of the most loving and caring friends a person could have. Officiating at the funeral service will be Father Joe Vandeberg, Father Jerry Nordick, and Pastor Gloria Anderson. Music will be provided by St. Mary's Choir, Amy Blackwelder, Becky Draper, and Tom and Pearl Horning. Pedersen Funeral Home is assisting with the Memorial Service arrangements.

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Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Homes
101 South Atlantic Avenue Morris, MN 56267
Tel. (320) 589-3220

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