Joan Evonne Behning

September 1, 1930January 30, 2013

Joan E. Behning, age 82, of Moose Lake, MN and formerly of Duluth, MN passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the Augustana Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake, MN. Joan Evonne was born September 1, 1930 in Duluth, MN the daughter of Evonne and Curtis Ryan. After her schooling in Duluth, Joan was joined in marriage to Earl Behning on August 19, 1949. Joan was a busy homemaker raising her two children in the Park Point area of Duluth. She was proud of living most of her life on Park Point. She enjoyed collecting numerous things including coins and agates. She loved going beach combing, camping, visiting local nursing homes as Mrs. Santa Claus and feeding the rabbits outside her home. She and Earl were also members of the Local Teamsters Retiree Club. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Earl. Joan is survived by her two children, Allan (Cindy) Behning of Duluth, MN, Diane (Gene) DeMars of Hibbing, MN; six grandchildren, Danny, Amber, Matt, Isaac, Shaun (Laura) and Jason; four great grandchildren, Tyler, Nick, Kiara and Elle; two brothers, Robert Ryan of Duluth, Michael (Shirl) Ryan of Kentucky; one sister, Elizabeth Himmelspach of Duluth, MN; and several nieces and nephews and many close friends. A funeral service celebrating Joan’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, at Bell Brothers Jarvi-Dowd Funeral Home, 925 E. 4th Street in Duluth. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Memorial Park, Hermantown, MN. To leave a memory of Joan or words of support, please visit


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February 3, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Joan's family. I love you sis. Your sister Cherie.