Celebration of life services for JoAn Burmeister of Chokio, MN will be Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the E. Free Church in Morris, MN, with Reverend Marlin Mohrman Officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in Chokio Lutheran Cemetery near Chokio.
JoAn Burmeister passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, February 18, 2017. JoAn Louise Knutson was born to Carl and Ella (Erickson) Knutson on October 8, 1936, in Ortonville, Minnesota. She graduated from Ortonville High School in 1954. She continued her education and graduated from Fairview Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a traveling nurse in various places in California and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ready for a challenge, she returned to school and became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She served the Morris, Benson and Starbuck hospitals as well as took call for other area hospitals. She was united in marriage to Charles "Hank" Burmeister on Feb. 18, 1968, in Minneapolis. To this union two children were born.
In 1976 JoAn trusted in Jesus as her Savior; thus, she made her peace with God. She became a student of the Bible. She enjoyed attending and leading Bible studies.
JoAn was active in children's and youth ministry serving as an Awana leader and youth leader as well as serving with the local Christian Women's Club. In her spare time, JoAn enjoyed painting pictures, gardening, being involved in the family farming operation, driving grain cart, helping with new baby calves and attending concerts.
JoAn is survived by her daughter: Beth Burmeister of Chokio; her son: Nathan Burmeister of Chokio; four brothers: Elmer "Ken" Knutson of Golden, CO; David Knutson of Apple Valley; Arvid (Vivian) Knutson of Odessa; and Arthur (Joyce) Knutson of Kaw City, OK; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. JoAn is also survived by those in whom she invested her life: Abbygail Weick and Cassandra Olson. In addition, she is survived by those she mentored: Amy Goette, Delia Sanasack, Hancock Free Church youth group, Awana clubbers, Trek girls and the Bible Study ladies. She is preceded in death by husband: Hank, parents: Carl and Ella Knutson, in-laws: Kathy Knutson, Judith Knutson, Carol Tuttle, Barbara and Frank Robbins, Shirley and Clyde Augsburger, Bonita and Harvey Dallenbach and five nephews.
JoAn L. Burmeister