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JoAnn Mary Converse, age 82 of Park Rapids, passed away with her family at her side on Friday, May 3, 2013.

JoAnn was born Jan. 31, 1931 to John and Gertrude (Ledo) Falk in South Saint Paul. She grew up and also attended the high school in South Saint Paul.

On Aug. 27, 1965 JoAnn married Bruce "Bud" Converse in Watertown, S.D.

She was a wonderful wife and mother. JoAnn also worked outside of the home as a Nurses Aid and an office clerk for Stockman's Exchange. She loved music and enjoyed playing the piano, accordion, bass guitar and the dobro.

In her spare time, JoAnn liked to fish, travel, dance and go camping. She will be greatly missed.

JoAnn will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bruce "Bud"; daughters, Kathy Lou Knoch and Laurie Lee (Craig) Greene; grandchildren, Michael John McKinney and Shawna Lee McKinney; and great-grandchildren, Jackie, Autumn and Cora.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gertrude; sister, Lorraine Miller; and brother, Jackie.

Memorial service: 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) May 8 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Memorials are preferred.

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