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Joan LaPorte, 74

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Joan LaPorte, age 74, of River Falls, Wis., died on Tuesday, May 25, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Joan was born the daughter of Carl and Marian (Strubbe) Barker on April 20, 1936, in Ladysmith, Wis. She attended the Glen Flora schools. On May 8, 1954, Joan married Ray LaPorte in Ladysmith. Joan worked at the hospital in Prescott, Wis., and then spent 25 years with Smead Manufacturing in both Hastings and River Falls.

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She enjoyed quilting, reading, playing cards, and jigsaw puzzles. She was very fond of being out of doors, camping, her flowers, and bird watching, but most of all Joan liked spending time with her family. She was a wonderful wife, and a very loving mother and grandmother who believed in treating everyone equally.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Marian Barker; brothers, Richard "Dick" Barker, Edgar Barker; and sister, Pat Igowski.

She is survived by her husband, Ray LaPorte; children, Jeanne LaPorte, Shelley LaPorte, Connie LaPorte, Rick (Patti) LaPorte; grandchildren, Jesse (Nicole) Fleming, Emma LaPorte; brothers, Glen (Dorothy) Barker, Allen (Crystal) Barker, Ray (Sue) Barker, John (Terri) Barker, Don (Barb) Barker; sister, Alice (Dan) Anderson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 28, at the Glen Flora Lutheran Church, W4312 US 8, Glen Flora.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

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