Joan L. Gutzwiller

July 1, 1935 ~ July 19, 2020 (age 85)


Joan L Gutzwiller, 85, of Elk River, MN passed away peacefully on July 19, 2020.  She was born on July 1, 1935 in Albertville, MN to Ferdinand and Laura Valerius.  She married Joseph A Gutzwiller on October 13, 1956 and raised five children in Elk River. Joan worked many years for Clover Leaf Creamery as a part-time Bookkeeper.

Joan loved her family.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Joan was a devout Catholic and volunteered her services at St Andrew’s Church and was involved in the Christian Mother’s Group.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, flowers and card parties.  Her family meant everything to her and she will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe, parents Ferdinand and Laura Valerius, her brothers Roy, Kenneth, Dickie and Dennis Valerius, her sisters Betty Durant and Anna Mae Printz and son-in-law Robert Mealhouse.

She is survived by her children Carol (Carl) Anderson, Ray (Sue) Gutzwiller, LuAnn (Steve) Smith, Lori (Patrick) Carlson, and Jody (Andy) Dardine,  Grandchildren Brent (Ashley) Mealhouse, Troy (Tiffany) Mealhouse, Jenna (Chad) Weiland, Bryan (Kara) Gutzwiller, Shawn Smith and Derek Smith. Great-Grandchildren Chloe and Elsie Mealhouse, Ellery, Gemma and Brekk Weiland and Grady Gutzwiller.

A private service for Immediate Family only was held on Friday, July 24th at St Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery.

A special thank you to the Elk River Senior Living and Moments Hospice for their care and support. Arr. Dare’s Funeral Home 763-441-1212


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