Joan S. (Piper) Jensen, 91, died peacefully Sept. 19, 2022. She grew up and attended schools in St. Anthony Park. She and her husband Warren bought a house in the Park after their marriage, raised their kids there and she continued to live there until two years after his passing.

Joan started dance at 3 years, taught at age 14 and passionately taught others for 62 years. She also enjoyed volunteering at Como Zoo. She was a Girl Scout leader, active in St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church and enjoyed square dancing with Warren.

Both Joan and Warren were close with their high school friends Card Club and lived in St. Anthony Park for more than 40 years raising their six children.

Joan was preceded in death by husband, Warren, parents Ralph and Goldie Piper and great-granddaughter Lydia Marie Villella.

Joan is survived by her six children, Richard (Michelene), Susan (John) Villella, Julie (Paul) Villella, Patti (Michael) Price, AmyJo, Rodney (Katy); 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and beloved sister Judy Majerle.

Celebration of life was held Oct. 15 at Johanna Shores, where she lived in her later years.

Memorial donations suggested to Como Zoo.

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