Joan Fox, 89, of Redwood Falls died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Season’s Hospice in Redwood Falls. Memorial Mass will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from Church of the Sacred Heart in Franklin with burial to follow in St. Patrick’s Birch Coulee Cemetery, rural Franklin. Visitation will be held Saturday, April 22, 20170, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, at the church.
The family prefers memorials be directed to Seasons Hospice, 400 Veda Drive, Redwood Falls, MN 56283.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via
Joan Mary Andre was born on July 17, 1927, at home in Franklin, the daughter of Louis & Marie (McFarland) Andre. Joan was born in the Kirwin home that later became the Fox Family home. She grew up in Franklin and graduated from FHS in 1946. She worked in a defense plant in St. Paul for a short time, and then worked at the Kirwin Drug Store in Franklin.
On September 25, 1948, she was united in marriage to Edward L. Fox at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin. They were blessed with six children. They farmed for 26 years living in a little farm house with no running water. Joan loved taking care of people and went back to work in the ‘80s at the Franklin Nursing Home. She also loved to cook and bake for her family and frequent visitors. She enjoyed gardening and always had beautiful flowers.
Joan is survived by her children Kevin (Sue) of Franklin, MaryAnne (Devon) Glover of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Peg (Perry) Ziegenhagen of Owatonna, and Joe (Jody) of Inver Grove Heights; daughter-in-law Trudy Fox of Wolf Point, Montana grandchildren Tiffaney, Michael, Melissa, Sheila, Jesse, Corey, Katie, Jeremiah, Matthew, Kay, Andrea, John and Kathleen; and great-grandchildren Jack, Callan, Ella Jo, Zachary, Gabby, Matthew, and Connor. Also surviving are her siblings Eileen Nelson of Buffalo, Wyoming, James Andre of Roseville, and Annett Gergen of Minot, North Dakota; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and Godchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Marie, infant brother Francis, husband Edward, and sons Tom and Andy.
Joan moved into Garnette Gardens in June of 2012, where she continued to entertain many visitors, and established a new family of residents and staff. She remained at Garnette Gardens until her final days in Hospice Care.
Blessed Be Her Memory