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JoAnn Walberg, 75

JoAnn Putzkey Walberg, age 75, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

She was born July 7, 1941, in Long Prairie, the daughter of Anthony and Josephine (Luke) Putzkey. JoAnn grew up in Long Prairie, where she was baptized and later confirmed at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

She graduated from the Long Prairie High School in 1959, and continued her education by attending St. Cloud Nursing School.

JoAnn was united in marriage to Darrell Walberg April 8, 1961, in Blaine. The couple made their home in Minneapolis until 1968, when they moved to Cokato.

In 1986, JoAnn and Darrell moved to Hutchinson, where they resided until 2001, when they moved to Litchfield.

JoAnn had been employed as a computer operator for ATT, along with several other professions over the years.

She loved her family, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. JoAnn also enjoyed gardening, baking, games, and watching sports on the television; and had a great love for her two dogs.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Walberg of Litchfield; children, Daniel (Michelle) Walberg of Litchfield, Steven Walberg (Rhonda Taina) of Finley, ND, Michael (Carol) Walberg of Becker, David (Janice) Walberg of Eau Claire, WI, and Dana (Marty) Koelln of Litchfield; nine grandchildren, Chastity Valvick, Chance Koelln, Cassandra Rogers, Clarissa Miller, Eric Walberg, Michael Nelson, Allison Walberg, Stephane “Bucky” Brown, and Troy Schulte; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition, JoAnn is survived by a brother, Leo Putzkey of Long Prairie; family friend, Beckie Wimmer; and by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marie; brother-in-law Conrad Brever; sister-in-law Barb Putzkey; father-in-law Russell Walberg; and mother-in-law Ellen Mortenson.

Her funeral service took place Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment of the urn will take place at a later time at the Lake Union Cemetery in South Haven.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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