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Joan M. Lipke
January 21, 1960 - August 10, 2011

Joan M. Lipke
Jan 21, 1960 - Aug 10, 2011

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Nee: Stocker

Beloved Wife, Mom, Nana and Sister, age 51 of Forest Lake passed away peacefully on August 10, 2011 following a courageous battle with cancer. Preceded in death by parents, John and Sylvia Stocker and nephew, Mike Forsell. Survived by husband, Richard; children, Joel (Lisa) Zimmerman, Jr., Diana LeMire (Jeff) Puckett, Zach Pickard, Brandon Pickard, Christina Pickard, Richard Lipke, Jr. and Deborah (Matthew) Kirkland;grandchildren, Kaleb Zimmerman, Lily Goodwin, Will Dunning, Carter Zimmerman, Arabella Puckett, Eva Kirkland, Christina Kirkland, David Kirkland; siblings, Shirley (Dick) Anderson, Steve (Sharon) Stocker, Kathy (Gary) Kosse and Anita (Don) Rapp; mother-in-law, Iva Jean Lipke; sister-in-law, Meredith (Robert) List; dear friend, Jackie (Jeff) Carlson and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gathering of family and friends, 3-7 PM Sunday, August 14th at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Dr. SW, Forest Lake. Celebration of Life 11 AM Monday, August 15th at Maranatha Assembly of God, 24799 Forest Blvd., Forest Lake with a gathering beginning at 10 AM until time of service. Family inurnment Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Joel Zimmerman on Dec 18, 2013

SON - Joel Zimmerman Jr on Dec 18, 2013

Oh dearest mom, I so miss our talks. I have so much going on with the home front, yet I know your there guiding me(us). Your Lily is a varsity cheerleader for the second year already, she makes me smile. She looks like her nana. Kaleb shot his first deer this year, it was a great moment, he even fell off his stool when he shot. BTW that gun was a gift from you. Will is playing football and becoming very assertive the older he gets, we are proud of him. Your baby grandson Carter is 10 already how amazing how time flies, he is such a kind gentlemen. His manners have not changed since he was little. Still cracks us up with his jokes. Still wait for your calls, somedays I just can't believe you have been gone for over 2 years. Diana is so right you would get so excited for the holidays, we still carry the Stocker traditional Christmas Day lunch. I know you will be there right along with us joking with us. Love you and miss you so much.. XOXO Thank you Diana, I appreciate that you reminded me of this page. Joel

Diana your loving daughter on Dec 18, 2013

I miss you more and more everyday. Christmas was always your favorite time of the year. With Christmas just around the corner and we are celebrating another holiday without you breaks my heart. I love you so much Mom. I hope Christmas in heaven is beautiful. Arabella and I have continued our Mother - daughter tradition of making peanut butter cups. She loves to help but at 2 she loves to eat them more. Haha. Merry Chirstmas! Xoxo!

chrissie- daughter on Nov 29, 2012

mommy- i miss you so much i think about you a lot. you were my role model and you always will be. im having a hard time right now possible gonna be homeless but i know your watching over me. i hope u met ryan. i miss him too i cant believe you are gone. it really sucks. i love you and no one will ever be able to take your place. you are an amazing mother and i hope to follow your path when i have my own kids :) love you mommy and i miss you

Wendy Linder on Nov 5, 2011

Joan, was a great person.. We found each other on CSN and would talk for hours about how much she loved her family.. And we even had lunch once. She will sure be missed.. I wish I had found out about this before now.. RIP you will be missed

Sue Olson on Sep 17, 2011

My Dear Joan, Through the many struggles we've had together during our days, I especially admired you for being so strong during this last battle. I still have the recipe you gave me for Chow Mein. You were such a great cook, homemaker and a very strong woman. I am going to miss you Joan and the phone conversations we had over coffee. You will always be in my heart and memories. I am so glad to have known you and very sad that you're now gone, but at the same time glad that you are now in Heaven with the Lord our Savior. You told me that you accepted Jesus into your heart and I am especially glad for that! I will see you again my friend. Rest in Him... Love Always, Your friend Sue Olson (formerly Dugger)

Richard Lipke Jr. on Aug 28, 2011

Joan was a great person. I only met her the one time. But that one time was great. I truley wish we had spent more time with eachother. I miss her alot. She alwas had great advice to pick me up when i needed it.

Annonymous on Aug 17, 2011

So sorry to hear of the loss of Joan. Dont want to say how I know her, but I did, and it breaks my heart to see the family in such pain. May God bring peace to all of you. RIP Joan!

Dawn Privratsky on Aug 13, 2011

My Dearest Joan, The tears won't stop falling and my heart won't stop hurting. We had so many great times way back when, we were inseparable. Thank you for giving me the greatest honor you could have given anyone, it was when you asked me to be Diana's Godmother. And don't worry hun, I will watch over Diana for the rest of my life as I promised you I would. To Diana, Joel and family, I know your hurting and I wish I could take your pain away, but please know that my thoughts and love are with you. You kids are now the keeper of all your moms memorys, share them with your children, with yourselves and other family and friends, what a tribute to her that will be! "Thank you Joan for your friendship, I will miss you so". You'r cousin-in-law and friend, Dawn.

Steve Pickard on Aug 13, 2011

Joan... the mother of my children... my partner in life for many years... I will miss you... We had many goood times and yes, quite a few rough times as well. I am glad we remained friends when our paths in life took us different directions. You will always have a place in my heart... Thank you for being a part of my life... Godspeed in your journey and say "Hi!" to your mom and dad and give them a hug for me. Bye for now...

Bonnie Meyerink on Aug 12, 2011

Joan, I only met you a time or two but I felt I really knew you through Steve and Sharon. You were a true fighter and an inspiration for us all.The example that you set for your family though you were fighting the battle of your life will remain with them and others for a lifetime. Be comforted in knowing that she is no longer in pain and that our Lord is with her. God Bless you all richly and remember that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bonnie {Sharon's sister}

jackie carlson on Aug 12, 2011

joan I cant even put in words how much I will miss you! you were and are my soul sister forever.you were the most caring and giving person I could come to you with any problem and you would always make it better. I have gotta to know your sisters so good through all of this and I believe in my heart that you left them for me.I am so blessed to have had you for a great friend for so many years I will miss you so much! I love you with all my heart. your soul sister jackie

Larry and Lois Berg on Aug 12, 2011

Joel We never meet your Mom, But by looking at all of the pictures of her, She looks like a happy , loving person. I'm sure you were proud to call her your Mom. It's always hard then you lose your Mother, no matter how old you are. So you have our deepest sympathy, and we will keep you and her in our prayers.

Lisa on Aug 12, 2011

You were a beloved wife,mother,nana,sister,and friend to all. Your grandchildren will miss you and your cookies like no tomorrow. You will be missed greatly. You were a tuff stuburn german women that fought to the end. Maybe thats why we didn't always see eye to eye we were too alike but we still loved each other very much.

Anita Rapp on Aug 12, 2011

Lily & Nana Joan at Diana's baby shower spring 2011 - Anita

Anita Rapp on Aug 12, 2011

Joan, son Joel and godson John Christmas 2010 - Anita

Anita Rapp on Aug 12, 2011

Siblings Joan, Anita, Kathy Steve & Shirley summer of Sept 2010 Anita

Anita Rapp on Aug 12, 2011

Rich & Joan Christmas 2010 - Anita

Anita Rapp on Aug 12, 2011

Joan & Joel Christmas 2010 - Anita

Vanessa on Aug 12, 2011

Momma Joan~ I miss you soooo much! You were always the parent I could run to for the best advice and comfort! Ill never forget our early morning coffee talks or the amazing breakfast you would make just to reel me in for a "QUICK" visit... You stood by my side when Devyn was born and I was going through all the stresses of having him in the hospital among many of other things! I felt so empty last night on my way home knowing I had nobody to call that would sit on the phone with me for hours on end talking laughing and gossiping about what ever subject that came up.. I mean with out mobile to mobile minutes my bill would have been thousands just talking to you every month lol.. I will miss our shopping trips and our lunch outings and most of all sitting at your kitchen table playing online and checking our horoscopes... You will forever be missed but never forgotten! I love you

Rich on Aug 12, 2011

My Wife, Wifey, Love, Darling, Beautiful....how many names did I call you, my Joanie? How many names did you call me? I dunno, but more good than bad!!! Our house is empty without you here. Even during the sick times I knew you were home when I walked in after work. It is an empty shell now. I miss you, and have been missing you, for so long. But we agreed, "In it to Win it", and we stuck with that! My Love, we won. You no longer feel pain, Jesus is holding you. We always prayed for healing, and now you are healed! I will miss you during my days in this world, but am excited about meeting you again! Will you show me the best places to fish, like you did on Big Marine? I am so happy you are with our Lord, and you have no more pain. I am sad I have lost you for now. I hope that all have said "see ya soon" in their own way. If you, your folks, and my Dad have found a nice Honey Hole to catch fish in, I will be happy to join you when I am called home....in the meantime, keep those lines tight!

Your loving Daughter Diana on Aug 12, 2011

To my Mom.... There are no words to say how I feel. I miss you so very much. Arabella misses her Nana too! What I miss most is ALL the phone calls everyday. I had to get unlimited minutes on my phone just so we could talk. I am so glad you got to met our miracle baby. You were so proud of her. Even though she only had you in her life for 4 months and 7 days, she will never forget her NANA! We love you so much. And we will love you forever and ever AMEN!!! XOXO

Anita Rapp on Aug 12, 2011

Our family has suffered another great loss. Another link broken, one by one we will re-link again in heaven as God calls us home. I will miss talking to you daily; oh heck I have to be honest several times a day on some days. Having you for a sister has been such a blessing. The empty feeling I am having today is great, but I know in time I will accept and the pain will ease some. I know you are pain free in heaven with mom, dad and Mike. I will miss your smile, humor, unconditional love and talks. God bless you, Rich, your children and grandchildren. Rest in peace my beautiful sister. Love always and forever, Anita

shawna on Aug 11, 2011

Auntie Joan, You were so caring for people. I remember after my first son Austin was born, you called me several times while I was on my maternity leave and would ask me all about Austin. You also filled me in with what was happening with your kids and other people that you cared for. I will never forget you. We still cuddle up in the blankets you made my boys! My last memories of you are at Brian's wedding, I got to sit next to you ( we spoke about how I wanted Diana and Jeff to be blessed with a baby!! And they were expecting then!! And the smile on your face gleamed with happiness!) and then I sat next to you at Dale Schuna's funeral and we both shed tears together. I beleive it was after Dale's celebration of life you began attending the church there. I know that your faith became stronger and you were a fighter and you stayed positive. You will be missed, I love you and will miss your Christmas card this year but know that you will have the most amazing Christmas ever this year. I love you auntie Joan!! See you!

Your loving Daughter Diana on Aug 11, 2011

To my Mom.... There are no words to say how I feel. I miss you so very much. Arabella misses her Nana too! What I miss most is ALL the phone calls everyday. I had to get unlimited minutes on my phone so we could talk everyday! You have given me so much even when I did not want it. We all knew my teen years were umm... HORRIBLE. But, I have so much of you in me that we could really butt heads. I am so happy that you got to experience our miracle baby. You were so proud of her. She only had you in her life for 4 months and 7 days but, she will never forget you NANA. I love you more that words can say. We love you forever and ever AMEN!

SON-Joel Zimmerman Jr on Aug 11, 2011

Oh mom how I miss you so already! You have guided us children in the direction that keeps us forward! Sometimes we would stray yet you would help us find that way again. We have not always agreed upon things, yet we always made sense of whatever challenge. Your Grandbabies will miss you so, as will Lisa and I so very much! My phone will not ring on Saturday mornings and just go over our weeks trials and tribulations! Or just to talk about the coffee pot dripping issues we had on the pots that you and Anita and myself had bought! There is a huge hole I have in my heart with you gone, however I can feel you by my side already! I know you will always be there to watch over us and that we will rejoice once again in due time! Until then I will always be thinking of you, and all that you have taught me as a son and as a Father! Love you so much MOM! Your Loving Son Joel

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

Beautiful fighter.

Teri Goode on Aug 11, 2011

This picture was taken when Rich and Joanie visited Colorado for Debbie and Matt's Wedding. It was the first time we got to meet her. She was a good Step-Mom to Richard JR. and Debbie.

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

At Lake-Of-The-Woods. Oh My Dearest Joanie! We made so many wonderful memories together, but yet way too few. "Nothing transcends our most treasured Love" -- Joan Lipke, December, 2010.

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

Our Wedding Day - October 1, 2010 at Washington County Courthouse, Stillwater, MN

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

Nana was so proud to give Kaleb his first hunting knife!

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

Fight Like A Girl!!!

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

Holding newborn baby Emma!

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

This was at Eight Point Lake in Michigan with Dylan Tracy.

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

October 2010 - Wedding photo shoot

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

Great memories...what life is all about!

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

The REAL captains of the boat!

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

Walking her beloved Emma on the houseboat trip.

Rich on Aug 11, 2011

My Love

Sharon Stocker on Aug 11, 2011

I will miss you Joan. I will never forget your fun loving nature! You always had a way of making me laugh. I am comforted to know that you had a relationship with God, and know that through all of your pain and sorrow, He was your comforter, and now you are feeling no more pain, and are with Him, and your Mom and Dad. I love you, and will miss you until we meet again.Your Sister (In-Law), Sharon

Deborah Kirkland on Aug 10, 2011

First time I met Joanie was when her and my dad came to Co for my wedding in 2009. After that I enjoyed all our phone conversations. I felt like I could tell her anything and she was good at giving me advice when ever I asked for it. I love you and I'll miss you Joanie.

Brother on Aug 10, 2011

Joan, my baby sister, I will always think of you and I have been blessed with what you have taught and shown me this past year about having faith in our Lord and Jesus our savior. Heaven will only be better with you there. I will see you in Heaven if I follow your foot steps, LOVE FOREVER Steve

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14
Aug
Sunday
3:00 PM -
7:00 PM
Roberts Family Funeral Home
555 Centennial Drive SW
Forest Lake, Minnesota 55025

Service

15
Aug
Monday
11:00 AM
Maranatha Assembley of God
24799 Forest Blvd.
Forest Lake, Minnesota 55025
with a gathering beginning at 10 am.

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