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JoAnn M Schwagel (Sekora) "Mama Jo"

July 7, 1937 — March 10, 2023

Brooklyn Park

JoAnn M (Sekora) Schwagel entered into Eternal Rest in the early hours on Friday, March 10, 2023. JoAnn passed away peacefully in her sleep at Champlin Shores Assisted Living at the age of 85 years. She was born on July 7, 1937 in Wisconsin to her parents Joseph and Victoria (Vicky) Sekora. She was the second born of seven siblings who were extremely close! In her teens JoAnn lived with relatives and family friends to help raise their children, which was her passion! She loved all children as if they were her own. By the Grace of God she became a Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother!
    
She has been married to her husband, Don for 45 years and together raised a combined family of five children; fourteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. JoAnn helped raise many daycare children who referred to her lovingly as "Mama Jo". She raised her children and the daycare families as an entire family; growing up together, side-by-side with love and kindness. JoAnn lived her entire life with true dignity and grace. She walked through life with pride in herself, in her appearance, and in her environment! JoAnn will be dearly missed and never forgotten. She will live on forever in each person that she touched with her love, compassion, and kindness!

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Sekora and Victoria Raboin; her siblings, Shirley, Beverly, Bonnie, Victor and Doris; beloved sister-in-law, Jean; and other family and friends.
 
She is survived in death by loving husband, Don; sister, Judy; her beloved children and their spouses, Candy (Darrel), Wendy (John), Kelly, Kevin (Annette) and Mike (Cheryl); her grandchildren, T.J. (Kristin) ,Todd , AmyJo, Breanna (Weston) , Dana (Peter), Cassondra, Sander (Ryan), Trevor, Angela, Brandon, Brett (Genny), Kelsey, Lucas, Ben, Ella, Adam (Lindsey), Jeremiah, Josh (Madie);  great-grandchildren, Violet, Kenny, Aubree, Owen, Eli, Rylan, Braydon, Grayson, and Madelyn; her beloved dog, Simba, and other family and friends!

REST IN PEACE SWEET ANGEL!  
 
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
9100 93rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
 
Friday, April 14, 2023
Visitation from 9-10 AM
Mass from 10-11 AM
Luncheon 11 AM -12 PM
 
 
 
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Visitation

Friday, April 14, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

9100 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, April 14, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

9100 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

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Interment

Friday, April 14, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

7601 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55450

Everyone attending will meet on assembly area #3 no later than 12:45pm prior to going to the gravesite.

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