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Joan Christine Utecht, age 78, passed away on November 5, 2015 at her home in New Richmond surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 31, 1936 in Downing, Wisconsin to Albert and Lorraine (Weitzel) Ludtke. Joan was an avid couponer, and although Walmart was her job, it gave her the opportunity to chat with a lot of people which was her favorite thing to do.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Joan is survived by her beloved husband, John Utecht; sons, Michael (Jeanne) & Robert (Darla); daughter, Lorraine (Mark) Stephens; sister, Sandra Crace; grandchildren, Christopher (Catharine Shay) Stephens, Kelly (Sean) LaBlanc, Michael (Melisa) Utecht, Jolene (Peter) Henzler, Jeffrey Utecht, Kayla Utecht; great grandchildren, Kirsten LaBlanc, Chant LaBlanc, Mila Utecht, Miley Utecht, Kaylee LaBlanc, Maxwell Henzler, Briarly Shay, Lucille Henzler; great-great grandchild, Cooper LaBlanc. Joan is also survived by family members, Hattie (Martin) VanBeck, James (Inez) Utecht, Russell (Jan) Utecht, Marvin (Sharon) Utecht; many nieces, nephews, friends, and her families from Walmart and the St. Croix County Health Center.

Visitation was held on Tuesday November 10, 2015 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Cullen Crea Funeral Home in New Richmond. The memorial service was held at 11:30 a.m. following the visitation at the funeral home. A private interment was held at Mound Cemetery in Downing, Wisconsin. Memorials preferred to Joan Utecht Family.