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Joan Alice Rybak, age 82, died on Friday, April 6th 2018 at the Roseau Hospital. Her home for the last several years was the Warroad Senior Living Center, Alzheimer wing. She was cared for by a loving and attentive staff. Our family is very appreciative for the facility and service provided.
Joan was born to Howard and Florence Case on May 2, 1935, Wilmington Delaware. She grew up and finished high school in Middletown, Delaware. She continued her education at Texas Woman’s University, Denton Texas. Following college, she met and married John F. Rybak of New Prague Minnesota while he was in the service of the United States Air Force. They married on May 10th, 1958. John and Joan would continue their life together pursuing John’s 23-year career in the service. They traveled to many locations during their life together and finally landed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base to retire and move to Warroad in 1973. They continued raising their four children in Warroad who are left to honor her and remember her love. They are Mike (Lori) Rybak, John Jr. (Carla) Rybak, Jim Rybak, Catherine Rybak. Her grandchildren Christy Cole, Aaron Rybak, Jonathon (April) Rybak, Samantha (Jake) Zavoral, Vickie (Andrew) Jerome, Travis (Stephanie) Parker, Terri (Matt) Parker, Justin Parker, and Shell Voll. 12 Great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband John, parents Howard and Florence Case and sister, Margret Brady. She is survived by her brother George (Karol) Case. Joan will be remembered for her pleasant smile, forgiving nature and infectious laugh.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday April 13, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Warroad Senior Living Center Chapel. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5-7PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Warroad, MN with a prayer service at 7PM. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Warroad Senior Living Center, Alzheimer’s Wing.