Joan Mary Walsh, age 54, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, August 7, 2014, at her home in Yankton after her courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be 2:00 PM on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial of the urn will take place at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Arrangements are provided by the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.
Urn bearers will be her sons: Brandon Harms, Alex Harms, and Riley Walsh. Honorary urn bearers will be The Outlaws: Alan Bulian, Sheryl Gullikson, Allen Kocmich, Mike Snoozy, and Allison Gullikson.
Joan was born December 21, 1959 in Yankton, South Dakota to Gordon and Mary Jane Gullikson. She grew up and attended school in Yankton graduating from Yankton High School in 1978. She moved to Rapid City for a few years until returning to Yankton in 1990. She married Jay Walsh on December 5, 1992 in Yankton. Joan opened Care-A-Lot Daycare in Yankton in 1992, which she continued until retiring in 2011. Joan loved children and enjoyed the children she was able to care for, especially babies.
Joan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton as well as a member of the Yankton Firefighters Auxiliary. She enjoyed painting, drawing, fishing, camping, shopping, the Minnesota Twins, chocolate candy, and wine. Joan loved life. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a glow about her that went very well with her unforgettable smile. She loved people and was always willing to help. Even throughout her illness she was always positive, smiling and strong. Her strength gave everyone else strength during the difficult times. She loved her family and was looking forward to her first granddaughter.
Survivors include her husband, Jay Walsh of Yankton; three sons: Brandon Harms of Spearfish, South Dakota; Alex (Sara) Harms of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Riley Walsh of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; her mother, Mary Jane Gullikson of Yankton; five brothers and sisters: Vickie (Alan) Bulian of Yankton; Bruce (Sheryl) Gullikson of Lincoln, Nebraska; Linda (Allen) Kocmich of Avon, South Dakota; Diana (Mike) Snoozy of Brandon, South Dakota; and Brian (Allison) Gullikson of Yankton; close relatives, Cliff and Lisa Harms of Rapid City; special pet, Babz; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Gullikson; and grandparents: Otto and Mary Walz and Ray and Muriel Gullikson.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paul & Karen Bartholomew
I was saddened to hear about the loss of your sister. I am sending you thoughts of peace and comfort during this time.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Spence's Martell NE
We are so sorry for your loss. Joan was a very special person and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Paul and Jean Peterson
Joan could really light of a room, and while her passing is going to leave a big whole, may you find comfort in her memory and all the great times you had together. Fly high Joan
Mary and Dave Kirschenman
We are so very sorry to hear about Joan, we sure are thinking about you and your familly at this very difficult time, you are in our prayers.
George and Jean Gunderson Mesa, Az.
I am holding everyone in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Janie Gullikson & family,
My heartfelt condolences to all of you during this most difficult time. I have read many of the messages and the obituary in the paper and what has been written about Joan is so accurate, she was a joy to be around and that contagious smile and genuine sincerity that she showed to all she met will be greatly missed. I will truly miss my cousin Joan.
Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the loss of Joan. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
I was blessed to have Joan for a cousin and worked with her back in our young days! God Bless and Live On With Your Family and Friends with God!
Even though we lost touch with each other years ago, I will always
remember Joan as a big sister while working together at Taco John's. She was
such a wonderful person; beautiful in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers
go out to everyone whom she touched throughout her life.
Todd and DelRae Abler
I'm so sorry for your lost. Joan was such a amazing person. I loved working for her she was the best boss I ever had.
Words just aren't enough. Thank you Joanie for the Joy you brought. Our prayers go out for Jay, the boys and the extended families.
Cliff & Heidi Huss and Family
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