Joan Torbenson

Joan Torbenson

  • Funeral Date: 11/05/16
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 am
  • Date of Birth: 4/21/35
  • Date of Death: 11/02/16
  • Funeral Location: Faith United Methodist Church of Farmington

Joan Esther Torbenson, age 81, of Castle Rock passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Reflections Care Center in Northfield.

Joan was born in Dundas on April 21, 1935, daughter of Bill and Esther (Jacobson) Switzer. Joan grew up on her family’s farm and nursery in Castle Rock with her three brothers, Garry, twin brother John, and Dale. Her grade school days were spent at a country school before graduating from Farmington High School in 1953. After high school Joan spent one year at Bethel College before falling in love with a hometown boy on a hayride. On August 25, 1956, Joan was united in marriage to Norman Thomas Torbenson at McKinley Chapel in Castle Rock.

The next 60 years of Joan and Norman’s life were spent on Norman’s family farm where they raised four kids, farmed side by side, and cherished one another. Joan always saw the true beauty in everyday: rain, snow or shine. This simple enjoyment of the world around her was reflected in her daily journal, a chronicle of the love and faith that filled her life.

Joan actively participated in numerous ways throughout the community. She volunteered as a 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher, Secretary and Treasurer at her church, and held numerous offices with the Women’s Society of Christian Service. Joan also spent time working at Dr. David Garlie’s Vet Clinic as well as Lindenwood Assisted Living.

Joan had a smile that was contagious and found joy in so many things: flowers, animals, games, food, and silly jokes. Family was the essence of Joan’s life, and she always loved getting everyone together – whether it be birthday parties, Switzer Christmas’, or family reunions. She was an incredible listener who never passed judgment. She loved everyone for who they were, and she had a way of making anyone feel like the most important person in the world. Joan was strong, beautiful, and knew the importance of a good laugh.

When her grandchildren asked her to share her proudest accomplishment, she quickly responded that it was her dedication to Christ as well her family. Joan was welcomed into Heaven by her parents, her brothers Garry and Dale, her daughter, Kay Hughitt and grandson, John. Joan’s incredible legacy will be carried on by her husband, three children, 11 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.

Joan is survived by husband, Norman; son, Keith, daughter-in-law, Diane, grandchildren, Emily and Ryan; daughter, Linda Cloud, son-in-law, Scott Cloud, grandchildren, Kaitlin (Mike) Thompson and Ben (Amy Anderson) Cloud, and great granddaughter, Grace; son, Larry, daughter-in-law, Natalie, grandchildren, Annika, Cassie and Roscoe; son-in-law, Jerry Hughitt (Kathy), granddaughters, Sarah (Dan) Belcourt, Mary (Matt Severson), Laura (Danny Monohan) and Rachel Hughitt, great-grandchildren, Norah and Jacob Belcourt, step grandchildren, Carrie, Natalie and Bruce Witschorik; brother, John (Joyce) Switzer; sisters-in-law, Anne Switzer and Marilyn Switzer.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 4, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, November 5 at Faith United Methodist Church in Farmington, with visitation one hour prior to services.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Greenvale Cemetery in Castle Rock, or Reflections Care Center in Northfield.


  1. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Norm and his family. Joan was the first person to welcome us to Castle Rock when we moved here back in 1982. Always enjoyed the visits when we saw them caring for the Methodist Church and when I stopped to get hay for the horses. She will be missed.

  2. To Joan’s family and friends, We are so sorry for your loss…we will keep you in our hearts and prayers. Larry and Bonnie Fowler

  3. Thomas Frame

    Norman and family, so sorry for your loss Joan was a wonderful gift from God to be with.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Tom, Sarah, Alyssa, Christen and Kelsey Frame

  4. Judy Heintz

    I’d like to express my deepest sympathy to Joan’s family.

    Judy Heintz

  5. Dianne and Don Brinda

    We are shocked. Just saw on Facebook her and Norman celebrating their 60th. What a great lady. Our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with all of you. I know she and my Mom will have a great reunion. Love to all of you. Dianne (Bohlen) and Don Brinda

  6. Saddened with this announcement, yet joyful with the memories of Mrs. Torbenson (through 4H, and other Castle Rock encounters) I will attempt to pay forward all the goodness that she shared with my family and friends.

  7. Helene Heintz

    My sincere sympathy to Joan’s family & friends.