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Joni Marie Stewart, 52

Joni Marie Stewart, 52, of Park Rapids died unexpectedly at her home Tuesday, July 1, 2008. She was born to George and Doris (Vogt) Young Feb. 22, 1956 in Detroit Lakes. She was raised in the Detroit Lakes and Pine Point area and attended school ...

Joni Marie Stewart, 52, of Park Rapids died unexpectedly at her home Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

She was born to George and Doris (Vogt) Young Feb. 22, 1956 in Detroit Lakes. She was raised in the Detroit Lakes and Pine Point area and attended school in Detroit Lakes.

In 1974, she married Marlin Stewart and they made their home in Park Rapids. When her children were still young, she returned to school. After earning her GED, she attended Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes. In 1980, she graduated with a degree in nursing. She worked in the emergency room at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids for eight years. She worked at a nursing home in Bemidji for a time and in 1989 started working at Heritage Living Center.

She was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.

Surviving are her children, Amber (Tim) Siemsen of Park Rapids and James of Park Rapids; four brothers, Timothy Young of Park Rapids, Randy (Shirley) Young of Hubbard, Todd (Terri) Irey of Woodbury and Mike Irey of Fresno, CA; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.

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Preceding her in death were her parents, George Young and Doris Irey, and her grandparents, Gordon and Edwina Vogt.

Funeral: Monday, July 7 at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids with Rev. Loren Ferch officiating.

Active casket bearers: Kevin, Kelly and Dan Wischnak, Paul Vogt, Greg Diestler and Rod Kruger.

Honorary casket bearers: her grandchildren, Andrew and Brittany Stewart, as well as her nieces, nephews, co-workers at Heritage Living Center and the many residents who have touched her life.

Interment: St. Theodore's Cemetery in Pine Point.

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