JoAnn Golbuff, 1932-2014

Published 9:31 am Friday, December 5, 2014

Visitation for JoAnn M. “Jo” Golbuff will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church and again one hour prior to the service. Funeral services for JoAnn will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Curtis Zieske will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery.

JoAnn Golbuff

JoAnn Golbuff

JoAnn died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. She was 82.

JoAnn was born March 16, 1932, to John T. and Alma S. (Mattson) Johnson in Flasher, N.D. The family moved to Rake, Iowa, in 1934 where she was baptized and confirmed.  The family then moved to Northwood in 1948 where she graduated high school. She continued on to college and attended Waldorf Jr. College and then Mankato State University.

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She married Dale Golbuff June 1, 1952, at Lutheran Church in Rake. The couple moved from Belmond, Iowa, to Parks Air Force Base in California, to Northwood and then settled in Albert Lea in 1965.

She was very active in the Worth County Arc, six season Christian Riders, Toys for Tots, was a trustee for the Salvation Army Board and was involved in Trinity Lutheran Church since 2006. She enjoyed motorcycling, boating on Fountain Lake at “Golbuff’s Ghetto Dock,” camping, reading, painting and spending time with her grandchildren. JoAnn and Dale also enjoyed spending winters in Texas. Most of all, she loved her family.

JoAnn has been a wonderful loving wife, mother, mother in-law (Gr Ma Ma) and friend to many people.

She taught school for 31 years in Belmond, Northwood and Albert Lea. JoAnn taught with her actions and love many things, including respect, dignity, faith, cheerful outlook, but most of all to love your family with your whole heart. She always had a listening ear and provided words of encouragement and wisdom.

JoAnn is preceded in death by her parents John and Alma and sisters Mildred, Gladys and Eddie.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 62 years, Dale, of Albert Lea; children Paul (Annie) Golbuff of Lincoln City, Ore., Ted (Kathy) Golbuff of Minneapolis and Scott (Cindy) Golbuff of Fort Collins, Colo.; grandchildren Cory (Whitney) Arnold, Lissa (Ben Quinn) Arnold and Nick (Emily Peterson), Alex and Jenni Golbuff; special friends Jim and Jody Gatshet; as well as a multitude of friends.

Those left to cherish her memory will miss Jo and grieve her loss but are so thankful and blessed to have her in their lives. Blessed be her memory.