Joan Westerlund
April 28, 1937 - June 08, 2020
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Iowa
Resided In: Villisca, Iowa

Service 6/11/2020
Morton's Mill Cemetery
Burial 06/11/2020
Morton's Mill Cemetery

View & Sign Memorial Guestbook

Joan Westerlund, age 83, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020, at her home after a brief illness. Joan was born April 28, 1937 in Montgomery County, Iowa, the daughter of Vance and Signa (Lonn) Erickson. She graduated from Stennett High School and attended Nurses School at Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa where she received her RN Degree. She was united in marriage to James Mathews, Jr. on September 1, 1956 in Red Oak, Iowa. To this union three daughters were born: Kimberly, Linda, and Lori. She was an RN in Council Bluffs for many years moving to Villisca, Iowa in 1981 when she married Gene Westerlund on September 18, 1981 in Red Oak, Iowa. Joan worked for Montgomery County Public Health and later was the Public Health Director at Rosary Hospital in Corning for many years retiring in 2000. She was a longtime member of the Grant United Methodist Church, Grant United Methodist Women, and the Morton’s Mill Card Club. In addition to playing cards, she enjoyed knitting and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents: her step-mother: Irene Erickson; brothers: Merrill Erickson and wife Louise and Clyde Jones; brother-in-law: Kenneth Westerlund and wife Jini; and sisters-in-law: Lucille Westerlund and Glea Govig. Survivors include her husband: Gene Westerlund of Villisca, IA; daughters: Kimberly Mathews Teachey and husband Maurice of Greensboro, NC; Linda Showers and husband Gregory of Council Bluffs, IA; and Lori Mahan and fiancé Paul Tribble of Excelsior Springs, MO; step-son: Terry Westerlund and wife Amy of Red Oak, IA; step-daughter: Tammy Magneson and husband Jeff of Stanton, IA; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister-in-law: Naomi Jones of Red Oak, IA; and many other relatives and friends including her beloved dog: Sissy.

Graveside funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Morton’s Mill Cemetery. The family encourages everyone to bring a lawn chair if you are attending the graveside service. There will be an open viewing time from 2 PM – 7 PM Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak. Memorials are suggested to the Grant United Methodist Church.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel of Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.


Home | History | Our Services | Pre-Arranged Services | On-Line Arrangements
At the Time of Death | Merchandise | Obituaries | Directions | Local Services

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, Inc.
410 Sixth Street
Red Oak, Iowa 51566
Phone: (712) 623-2525 or
(800) 653-4881