Joan Annette Andree Krosch was born Jan. 24, 1941, in a farmhouse near Beardsley, Minn. She was the first of the five children of Marvin and Ruby (Cory) Andree. At birth, Joan was very tiny and had to be kept warm in a shoebox behind the cook stove for the first weeks of her life.
Joan grew to be an animal lover. As a teenager she wanted a horse but her dad declined her requests; she never forgot her wish and horses became a continuing interest in her adult life. During her teen years she was active in the Tara Troopers 4-H Club and enjoyed working with farm animals and singing with sisters and friends in a quartet. She loved to show Duroc hogs, Holstein dairy and various beef cattle at the Traverse County Fair. She learned to drive tractor and helped on the farm. Joan was fun loving but she was no stranger to hard work.
Joan attended country school in Collis, Minn., for kindergarten through the fifth grade. Subsequently she attended Graceville Public School and graduated in 1959.
Joan enjoyed playing string bass in the school band and orchestra and singing in the high school choir.
After high school Joan enrolled in Rice Memorial School of Nursing in Willmar, Minn. and graduated in 1960 as an LPN.
In the summer of 1959 the tall, striking Joan met the handsome Craig Krosch who turned out to be the love of her life. They married on Nov. 13, 1961; Joan and Craig were married for 50 years. In the first years of their marriage they farmed near Graceville and Collis. Eventually they moved south of Alberta, Minn., where Craig farmed the Krosch home place and Joan worked as a nurse at the Morris Hospital. Together they began raising and showing Arabian horses. Joan and Craig were blessed with two children, Kimberly in 1962 and Kurt in 1970.
In 1970 Joan and Craig moved to Idaho--settling first in Burley, then in Boise. They then purchased property on Brookside Lane where Craig built Joan a custom home and horse facility. Joan worked by Craig's side as he operated his custom home construction business. With their children they raised and showed Arabian horses for many years, as well as operating a horse training business.
Their next adventure took them to the Gardena and Sweet areas where they purchased property. Craig began dry land farming and raising black Angus cattle with Joan working at his side. Joan was also employed by the State of Idaho Department of Insurance for 25 distinguished years until the time of her death. Joan died suddenly at her home on Oct. 20, 2012. Joan was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, big sister and friend, as well as a dedicated professional.
Joan was preceded in death by her father and mother, Marvin and Ruby and her husband, Craig who died Oct. 10, 2011.
She is survived by her daughter, Kim Krosch Gunderson (Ed); son, Kurt Krosch (Kerri); grandchildren, Riley Krosch and Karson Lee Krosch; three sisters, Jeanette Johnson (Everett), Karen Broughton (Warren) and Patricia Parsons (Glen); one brother, Mike Andree (Val); many nieces and nephews; and her beloved pet. Peaches.
A memorial honoring Joan's life will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Ladies Club Hall, Idaho. A dinner will follow at the American Legion Hall.