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Joan Italia (Shield) Vanderwaal, 82

Joan Italia (Shield) Vanderwaal, age 82, of River Falls, Wis., died after learning she had cancer, on Oct. 31.

Born Aug. 10, 1931, in Crosby, N.D., to parents John and Fanchon Shield. Her family moved to River Falls while she was a teenager. She graduated from River Falls High School and attended college to become an RN. She left college after two years to marry Al Vanderwaal.

She served her community as a mother, Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, church volunteer, and garden club president. The family moved to Isle, in the early 1960's, where she ran a resort near Isle, Minn. She and Al sold the resort and divorced in the early 1980's. Joan obtained a nursing aide certificate and provided in-house care for the elderly until she retired in 1996.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Fanchon Shield; uncle Fred and Lorraine (wife) Shield; aunts Helen Shield, and Italia Sickle; and her brother, Jack Shield.

She is survived by two children: Gail (daughter), Craig (son) and Karen (wife); grandchildren Rebecca and Peter; her brother Tom and Sue (wife) Shield; Carol (sister-in-law) Shield, and Lou (former sister-in-law) Vanderwaal; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Joan's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the First Congregational Church in River Falls, Wis., with visitation at 10 a.m. and lunch following the service.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.