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November 6, 1953 - June 17, 2009

Joanne Elaine Folstad was born Nov. 6, 1953 in Spring Grove, Minn. to Elmer and Oranda (Brown) Folstad.  She grew up on the farm and graduated from the Mabel-Canton High School in 1971.  On June 28, 1980 she married James Subra in Mabel.  She worked for the Mayo Clinic as a medical transcriptionist since 1972.  Joanne enjoyed music, church, and reading. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester.  Her charismatic attitude and strong faith were recognized by everyone who met her.

Joanne passed away early Wednesday morning, June 17, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota at the age of 55.

Joanne is survived by her husband James; her daughters Kara (Phil) Roberts of Rochester and Katie Subra of Minneapolis; her grandson Nathan Roberts; her mother Oranda (Darrell) Sinclair of Spring Grove; sister Susan (Earl) Schultz of Pine Island; and brothers Neil (Betsy) Folstad and Gary both of Mabel, and Michael (Karen) Folstad of Spring Grove.  She was preceded in death by her father Elmer Folstad and brother Alan Folstad.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with Revs. Mary Waudby and Norman Wahl co-officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM Friday, June 19 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation.  May here blessed spirit live on in our hearts.


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