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JoAnne Marliss Wangen-Fink

Funeral services for JoAnne Marliss Wangen-Fink, age 79, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Bear Lake Lutheran Church.  Rev. Daphne Hamborg will officiate. Interment will be at Bear Lake Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

JoAnne died Sunday, July 24, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

JoAnne M. Wangen-Fink was born January 28, 1937 in Freeman Township, the daughter of Orin and Carmen (Amundson) Quam. She was baptized on March 21, 1939 at Round Prairie Lutheran Church and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at East Freeborn Lutheran Church on April 22, 1951.  She attended and graduated from Albert Lea High School and completed one year at Teacher’s College in Winona.  She worked at a taxi company in the 50s where she met Duane Wangen.  On December 4, 1955, she was united in marriage to Duane who passed away in 1980.  On June 9, 1984, JoAnne married Roger Fink.  She held a variety of jobs as a cook and baker. JoAnne was a member of Bear Lake Lutheran Church where she was Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher and part of Rachel Circle/WELCA.  She also served as a 4-H Leader and volunteered with the St. John’s Auxiliary.

Her hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, family history and genealogy, and quilting. She was an excellent hostess who enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.  Her strong Christian faith was a constant throughout her life.

JoAnne is survived by her children, Margaret Wangen, Matthew (Sharon) Wangen, Marcia (Jeff) Bauers, Martin Wangen, and Melissa Wangen; grandchildren, Mary Wangen, Elizabeth Wangen, Joshua Wangen, and Rachel Wangen; sister, Mary (Lynn) Overson; siblings-in-law, Phyllis Quam, Janiece Quam, Ginny (John) Light, Harriet Wangen, Wally (Sue) Fink, Joan Mattick, Marge (Don) Laugen, Dwayne (Edna) Fink; aunt, Aletha Amundson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

JoAnne was preceded in death by her husbands, Duane Wangen and Roger Fink; parents; brothers, Jerry, Paul, and Bill; sister, Barb (Bud) Bolinger; brothers-in-law, Marvin (Beatrice) Wangen and Gary Wangen; nephew, Richard Bolinger; and niece, Julie Quam.

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Sorry and shocked to hear of death of JoAnne. Of course I (Dwayne) was a brother of JoAnne's second husband Roger, and was a friend of her first (Duane). Bear Lake Lutheran Church brought us all together in God's great gathering here on earth.

It is comforting to know that JoAnne, and her heavenly family, are already preparing a place for us earthlings who God is already softly calling us to prepare for the Great Gathering up yonder.

Dwayne and Edna Fink Aug 13 2016 12:00 AM

JoAnne's sister, Mary, is my best friend and I feel blessed to have kept in touch with her since first grade at Itasca and I have such fond, warm memories of JoAnne when I would visit Mary at their home.   She seemed like a "second mom" to Mary.  JoAnne always had a smile on her face and had an encouraging word or two to say, and I was the beneficiary of her very good cooking.  My thoughts go out to the family.    Love, Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson Aug 2 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the family.

Gary and Trudy Rogert Jul 31 2016 12:00 AM

Living so many miles apart has kept me from seeing Aunt JoAnne as often as I would like, but whenever I had the pleasure of doing so, the amount of kindness she would show me was immeasurable. She was a very warm and loving person. I just know that everyone she has ever touched with her heart will deeply miss her.


Bret Winkler Jul 28 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin Pettit

Robin Pettit Jul 26 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom.  Surround yourself with the love of Family and find comfort in knowing your Mom is now living in the house of God.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  
God Bless,

Cheri DeRuiter Jul 26 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.  It is never easy to lose Mom.  Hold on to your faith and all of your wonderful memories of her in your heart. You know she is now safe and at peace with our Lord and Savior.
God's blessings to you and your family.

Marilyn Jurrens Jul 26 2016 12:00 AM

AZALEA PLANT was sent by Mary Quam Overson and family.

To a beautiful sister and aunt. We love you and will miss you always. All our love, Mary Overson, Danny, Tara, Annika, Sawyer Stepper, Trent, Vicki, Lydia, Brody Overson, Brett, Emily, Jessica, Zach Overson

Daniel Stepper Jul 26 2016 12:00 AM