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Obituary for Joan E. Pfaff

Joan E. Pfaff
Joan E. Pfaff, 74, of Sparta, died Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta.  She was born April 23, 1937, in La Crosse County to Carlton and Leona (Schilling) Berg.  Joan was baptized into the Christian Faith.  She graduated from West Salem High School in 1956 and also from La Crosse Beauty School in 1958.  On January 31, 1959, she married LeRoy Pfaff at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Salem.  After they were married, they lived in Sparta and later divorced.  On June 22, 2002, she married Andy Olson and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2005, from cancer.  She was employed at Northern Engraving in Sparta for 48-1/2 years until she retired in 2007 with cancer.  Joan's hobbies were visiting the library once a week, doing embroidery, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.  Survivors include her two children, Shawn (Jodi) Pfaff and Sheila Volden, both of Sparta; five grandchildren, Jacinda, Radlee, Brage, Kelten and Raja; her brother, Wayne Berg of Victorville, Calif.; her half-sister, Evelyn Anderson of West Salem; her half-brother, Roger Berg of Rockland; and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husbands; her parents, and her step-father, Maxwell Berg.
Funeral services will be Friday, August 26, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, 419 Jefferson Ave., Sparta.  Rev. Mark Wessel will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Jostad Chapel), West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent at