Fredrickson, Joan Barbara Brown age 86, of Bloomington, formerly of Sauk Centre, passed peacefully into God's loving arms surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Roland Richard; her parents, Henry H. Brown and Viola Martin Brown; siblings, Thomas (Bernice), Elizabeth (Stan) Fair, Henry Jr, William, James; sister-in- law, Grace (Alton) Carter. Survived by her 14 children, Anne (Jeffrey) Gorton, Jane Burchard, John (Dana), Roland, Jr., Joseph, Mary (Christopher) Johnson, Catherine Bullard, Daniel (Ellen), Carol (Matthew) Schroder, Christopher, Mark (Michelle), Timothy, Amy (Barton) Zwiers, Jennifer (Bradley) Tesdahl; 20 grandchildren, Damon (Wendy), Taylor, Reid (Robin), Ryan (Andrea), Adam (Ginny), Cody, Rachel (Matt), Lindsey, Eric, Rory, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Emily, Annika, Grant, Carter, Spencer, Greta, Grace, Sonja; 6 great-grandchildren, Orlando, August, Madeline, Mia, Emery, Hayden, Marcos; sisters Viola (Elmyr) Laughlin, Eleanor (James) Bouley, brother-in-law, John (Shirley) Fredrickson; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Joan graduated from Holy Angels Academy ('45), received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The College of Saint Catherine ('49), and taught high school English before marrying Roland in 1950. Joan raised 14 children in the house built by her husband Roland, who worked as a Northwest Airlines airplane mechanic for 38 years. For more than half a century their home was an open and loving place for their children, their children's friends, their grandchildren, their great- grandchildren and anyone lucky enough to know them. Joan's unconditional love for those around her, her patience, kindness and understanding, made her presence a sweet joy and a gift to us all. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11 AM St. Edward's Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave S., Bloomington. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Memorials preferred to donor's choice. www.Washburn-McReavy.com
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