Joanne Elaine Voves, 67, died April 15, 2021. She grew up in Falcon Heights, attended Holy Childhood Elementary School and graduated from Murray High School (class of ’71). She participated in theatre, synchronized swimming and a summer exchange program in Belgium in 1970.

After completing a registered nursing program in 1977, Joanne worked for several years at MMC and the VA Hospital, earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Metropolitan State and taught one year in a surgical tech program at Anoka-Hennepin Vocational Technical College.

From her childhood home she could hear the Minnesota State Fair, which was where she met the love of her life, her husband Brad, in 1977. Married for 43 years, they traveled the country in their camper and journeyed together around the world.

Joanne, a woman of wit, independence, kindness, strength and determination, will be remembered as, among other things: an actor (Corcoran Park Players), fiber expert (knitting, weaving, needle­work, crochet), artist and crafts maker, animal lover and traveler.

She is survived by husband Brad; children Angela, Alex and Peter; three grandchildren; siblings Jim, Mary and Patty.

A family gathering has been held. A larger gathering at Wabun Park (Pavillion A) is planned for 1 p.m. on July 31.

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