(507) 645-4153(612) 888-4014

Obituary for Joan L. Metcalf

Joan Leona Metcalf, age 87 of Northfield, MN, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2019, at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community. Joan was born February 7, 1931, in Dravosburg, PA, the daughter of Victor and Mary Farley. Following high school graduation, she enlisted in the Navy as a photographer’s mate and was stationed in San Diego. She married Merle Metcalf on July 17, 1954, and upon completion of their military service, the couple attended Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, WA from 1955-1959. Following graduation, they moved to St. Paul where Joan taught elementary school and Merle attended […]

show more

Joan Leona Metcalf, age 87 of Northfield, MN, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2019, at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community.

Joan was born February 7, 1931, in Dravosburg, PA, the daughter of Victor and Mary Farley. Following high school graduation, she enlisted in the Navy as a photographer’s mate and was stationed in San Diego. She married Merle Metcalf on July 17, 1954, and upon completion of their military service, the couple attended Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, WA from 1955-1959. Following graduation, they moved to St. Paul where Joan taught elementary school and Merle attended seminary. After ordination, the family lived in New Haven, CT, where they studied Chinese language at Yale University before serving as missionaries in Hong Kong from 1962-1964. Returning to Minnesota, Joan taught elementary school in both St. Paul and Waseca from 1964-1968. The family returned to Asia as missionaries in Taiwan from 1968-1973 where Joan taught reading at Taipei American School while earning a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California. Returning to Minnesota in 1973, the family eventually settled in Northfield where Joan taught in the Education Department at St. Olaf College. Joan authored a Hmong vocabulary pamphlet used by the State of Minnesota in their work with immigrants. In 1980 Joan moved to Sioux Falls where she was a professor at Augustana College and then became a special education administrator with the Sioux Falls School District.
Upon her retirement, Joan returned to Northfield where she spent her time taking overseas trips with her friends, homeschooling her grandchildren, and enjoying time with her children, grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Joan is survived by her son Mark (Terry) Metcalf of Earlysville, VA, son Gregory Metcalf of Greenbelt, MD, and daughter Tammy (David) Metcalf-Filzen of Northfield; grandchildren, Ben (Claire) Metcalf, Amy Metcalf, Zach (Megan-Elise) Filzen, Taylor Filzen, Rikki Filzen, Kyle (Stephanie) Filzen, Jessica Filzen, KC Filzen and Shay Filzen; great-granddaughter, Selah Grace Filzen. She is also survived by her sister Jacquelin (Richard) of McKeesport, PA. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Joy and Joyce, and son Kenneth.

Joan donated her body to the Mayo Clinic. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Bierman Funeral Home, followed by a private family service at 7 PM in the funeral home. She will be inurned at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. No flowers, please; memorials are preferred to Whispers of Hope, a ministry dear to Joan’s heart, as it was co-founded by her daughter Tammy. Whispers of Hope serves women facing various life challenges (http://whispersofhopemn.org/). biermanfuneralhome.com.

show less


Funeral

7:00 PM - February 22, 2019

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

4:30 PM - February 22, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shares
Share This

Share this obituary