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Joan P. Murray

April 30, 1935 – April 11, 2019

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"We are honored to provide this Book of Memories to the family."
— Mueller Memorial -White Bear Lake
"Sad to hear about Joan’s passing. I always admired her passion for her work and her commitment to serve veterans. She was a joy to be..."
— Mark Kriynovich
"Joanie was a great person! She made a big difference at the VA. She helped many of us and was a pillar for good everywhere she went. "
— Jen Manetzke (Shearon)
"I'm so sorry to hear of Joanie's passing. She was an amazing woman. I knew her through work at VA. She was a caring, compassionate, funny,..."
— Diane Gorsek, Cleveland, OH
"Joan was an amazing coworker and mentor. She was an incredible asset for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and always put the needs of..."
— Calvin McNeal
"Wish we could be there to celebrate Aunt Joanie's life. We have good memories her, her strength and genuineness, and will keep her in our..."
— Love, Laura, Lou and Dominic Trajano

Obituary for Joan P. Murray

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Murray,
Joan Purcell
Passed away on April 11. Joan is survived by her children Timothy, Teresa (Greg), Jonathan (Elisse) and Ryan (Jennifer). She will be fondly remembered by her eight grandchildren Michael (Melissa), Katherine (Jason), Desneiges, Madeline, Samantha, Dylan, Caden and Jackson; and three great-grandchildren Joseph, Piper and Rosalie. She is preceded in death by her brother Bob Purcell husband Dennis and daughter Mary Joan.

Joanie loved her family - She was extremely proud of all her children and grandchildren She was also an avid downhill skier and loved to ride her bike. She even did the MS 150 a few times after the age of 60. She also loved to travel. Her gardens were also beautiful and she enjoyed spending time keeping them blooming all summer. She was a strong independent woman and an early advocate for women in the workplace. She was extremely generous and giving. Her strong work ethic was based on her belief of service to others. Family, Faith, and Friends were her highest values.

Upon graduating from St. Teresa's College in 1957, Joanie began her career as a Medical Technologist. Her passion for medical technology lead her to 916 Vocational College where she developed and taught the Medical Assistance program. In about 1980 Joanie furthered her career at the Veterans Administration in the Regional Educational Medical Center. Joanie organized educational seminars and training for VA doctors and nurses across the country. Her passion and commitment to veterans health care were always at the core of her service. During her 30 plus years of service at the Veterans Administration Joanie received many awards and acclamations for her dedication and work.

She will be dearly missed, yet her family is comforted knowing she is at peace.

Please join us for a celebration of her life on Wednesday 4/17 at MUELLER MEMORIAL, 4738 Bald Eagle Ave, White Bear Lake, with visitation from 5-8pm and a prayer service at 7pm.

First Visitation

When Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
Mueller Memorial of White Bear Lake
Address
4738 Bald Eagle Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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Interment Information

Location
St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery
Address
Stillwater Street
White Bear Township, MN 55110