Joan Lee, age 72, of Mankato stepped peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, March
31 after a two-year struggle with multiple illnesses.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mankato,
with Rev. Paul Nolting officiating.
Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Mankato Mortuary and continued one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Memorials can be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir.
Joan was born March 17, 1939 in Lake Benton to Martin and Marian Mathison.
Growing up in a small town meant making lifelong friends as she made her way through high
school with a small, closeknit group of classmates.
She moved to Mankato in 1957 to attend Mankato State University, pursuing a degree in elementary education and the arts. On Oct. 30, 1959 she married Earl “Bud” Schweim. They raised three children, spending the rest of her life in Mankato.
Over the years, Joan used her talents and creativity working for companies such as Fab ‘n Trim,
Shopko, Brett’s Bridal and, for the past 20 years, Chris Tailor Shop. Her coworkers and customers would say that her warm smile and bubbly personality meant as much to them as the fact that she was an accomplished and gifted seamstress. She won the hearts of many with her quick wit and generosity. She was an astute shopper who always found the bargains, so it was great fun for her to spend the day with her daughter or sister or friends on shopping excursions. She loved theater, enjoying regular visits to the local plays as well as the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Music always
meant a lot to Joan, whether it was listening to her favorite CD, going to concerts or singing in her
church choir. If you were to ask her about her favorite activities, she would no doubt put being with her granddaughters at the top of the list. From wearing silly hats to having tea parties to taking walks at Sibley Park, she never missed the opportunity to spend time with them.
Joan made friends easily and could count people from six months to 96 years in that category. She
made a point to recognize birthdays and other special occasions, truly excited to share in the joys of life with those she loved.
She also had a number of friends over the years that fit in the four-legged, furry category. Anyone who knew Joan knew that she loved cats in particular, as was evidenced by the many cats she befriended in her life as well as her collection of cat memorabilia. She seemed to be drawn to those animals who shared her gentle spirit. Many people have had the privilege of having known Joan, of sharing life with her and she no doubt will be deeply missed. Her family celebrates her life and cherishes the memories she leaves with us.
She is survived by her husband of six years, Wayne Lee; her three children, Lane Schweim, Lori (Mark) Bode and Lee (Pete) Schweim; two granddaughters, Anna and Sarah; a sister, Loralee (Stan) Miller of Minneota; her brother Larry Mathison (Imren) of Idaho, as well as Wayne’s five children
and their families: Dennis Lee, Jan Summerville and Paul Lee, all of North Carolina, Shawn Kurtzahn (Martin) of Ohio and Martin Lee of St. Peter.
She also leaves behind cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Marian Mathison and her husband of almost
40 years, Earl “Bud” Schweim.