Joan K. Wolfe, age 80, of Orono, MN passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2023 after a short illness. Joan was born August 7, 1942 in New Ulm, MN then grew up in Sleepy Eye, MN. After graduating from the University of Minnesota's Dental Hygiene program, she worked as a dental hygienist for ~30 years. In the mid-1970's, Joan started what would later become Gallery Navarre, igniting in her a passion for Lake Minnetonka-related art, history and the people who make it. Joan enjoyed learning, wildflowers, golfing and sailing Lake Superior with family and friends for nearly 50 years. She treasured her time and adventures with family, especially her grandson, Hunter.
Joan is preceded in death by parents Wilfred and Nora Vogel and survived by husband C. William "Bill" Wolfe, daughter Wendy Wolfe Leier (Tim Leier), grandson Hunter Wolfe Leier, siblings David Vogel (estranged), Barbara Shemon and Brian Vogel, and more friends than one can count. Joan will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Please send any memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Navarre, MN. A public celebration of Joan's life will be held on June 4, 2023. Please visit our celebration website:tinyurl.com/rememberjkw for details.