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Joan Bystrom 03/22/2020

Joan Bystrom 03/22/2020

Joan Bystrom, age 90, of River Falls passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Kinnic Health and Rehab. She was born at (hospital) in River Falls to Newton and Edith (Clausen) Pearson on December 5, 1929.  Joan’s life started on the Pearson farm in Mann Valley and after graduating from Minnehaha Academy, she worked in Minneapolis for a time, until she was joined in marriage to Gaylord Bystrom on June 3, 1949, at First Covenant Church in River Falls.  They raised their family in River Falls with Joan often helping in the office of their business, Bystrom Heating and Air Conditioning, located in the old mill building on main street. Through the years she was also a Welcome Wagon greeter, visiting new residents to welcome them to River Falls and helping them get familiar with all that her town had to offer. Joan was a Weight Watcher leader (15 years) and led meetings in River Falls area several surrounding towns.  Many summers were spent at the cabin on Deer Lake near Spooner, Wisconsin. The Newton Pearson’s and the Bystrom’s had cabins there which were filled to capacity with aunts, uncles. cousins and many friends over the years.  In the 1980’s Joan and Gaylord decided to live in a property they had owned where they had rented out apartments in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. They soon lived out a dream of owning and operating an antique store and turned part of the building into a beautiful little shop of special finds. This move was fondly remembered as some of the best years of their life as they met people from all over the world, traveling the Great River Road scenic drive, with many folks seeking special antique treasures to take home with them.  Joan collected books about antiques and antique laces and she became an expert at restoring antiques linens. She was also a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant in the area and had many customer friends for miles around. For health reasons, they later sold the building and moved back to the River Falls area. Joan had a lifetime love for reading and was a frequent visitor in the First Covenant Church Library.  She also had a love for words and kept a dictionary next to her reading chair, looking up and learning the meanings of any words with which she was unfamiliar.  Growing up on the family farm, Joan remembers her father, Newton reading from the Bible and leading family prayer around the table and they were always a family committed to their faith in God. Joan was one of the oldest living members of First Covenant Church of River Falls and her parents and grandparents were charter members at it’s infancy in the area, beginning with Mission Covenant Church in Mann Valley. Throughout her life she enjoyed helping in the church, serving in Covenant Women and many other activities. She continued to enjoy participating in the worship services each Sunday as well as being connected to prayer line requests, fulfilling her final area of her service to God, in prayer ministry.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Newton and Edith (Clausen) Pearson, her husband Gaylord Bystrom; sons Larry and Douglas; granddaughter, Rachael Bystrom;  brothers, Charles (Donna) and Donald Pearson; great-grandson, Caleb Clifford Bystrom.  She is survived by her daughter Debra (Rich) Lucero; sister Carol (Marlin) Krear; brother John (Sharon) Pearson; sister-in-law Evelyn Pearson; daughter-in-law, Char (fiance’ Chas Pace) Bystrom; grandchildren; Jesse (Erin) Bystrom, Joel (Molly) Bystrom, David Lucero, Johanna Lucero, Sarah Bystrom, and great-grandchildren; Ezra and Zion Bystrom, Elijah, Isaac, Micah and Jonah Bystrom and many nephews, nieces and other beloved family members and friends!  A “Home-going Celebration” was held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division St.) in River Falls  Visitation was also Saturday from 9-11 am at Bakken-Young.  Following CDC guidelines, physical distancing and face masks are suggested. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Joan’s memorial


  • Rick Swanson Posted March 25, 2020 7:56 pm


  • Shannon Mork Posted March 26, 2020 12:31 am

    Deb and family I am sorry about the passing of your mom. She was such a caring, funny, and amazing woman. I am glad I had the chance to help take care of her when she was at Our House Senior Living.

  • Russ Hoffman Posted March 26, 2020 1:41 am

    Beautiful tribute to your joyful Mom, an absolute gem in her own right, and really your family. That was such a wonderful review of her to enjoy. May blessings continue.

  • Dave and Joni Kolb Posted March 26, 2020 6:42 pm

    She’s home! ❤️

  • Leona M Colbeth Posted March 26, 2020 9:17 pm

    What an awesome woman of God!!!! She was my first Weight Watcher leader so many years ago. Bless this wonderful family and those who keep her memories so close to their hearts.

  • Deb Kathan Posted March 27, 2020 1:40 am

    Joan was one of the nicest women I have ever met. She always had a smile on her face. And what a storyteller!! Heaven is full of smiles today!

  • Carrie JO Posted March 30, 2020 4:05 pm

    Auntie Jo will be so very missed! 🙁 But we are thankful she is free and laughing once again with Uncle Gaylord and all his mischief. 🙂
    Lots of love – The Hamms ♥

  • marcella jorgenson Posted June 15, 2020 4:38 pm

    I’ve known Joan since I was 4 years old and I’m 72 now. I have loved her ever since then. Yes, she is now home now with her Savior and with her dearly beloved husband, Gaylord.

    • Debra Lucero Posted July 15, 2020 5:55 pm

      Such wonderful comments Carrie! Thank you so much, also for your comments at the memorial too! It means a lot! 💗

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