In Memory of Joan Kvam

Funeral Service Livestream

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday February 23, 2021
Service link listed in the obituary


Joan Kvam of Hudson, WI passed away unexpectedly on Saturday February 20, 2021 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family.

Joan was born on September 12, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI. She was the eldest of two daughters born to John and Theresa Krause. Prior to her graduating from Washington High School in Milwaukee, her childhood memories centered around her family and adventures at their cabin on Cedar Lake and cottage on Lake Michigan. She often referred to these enchanting places as her “Mt. Ide – Lake Woebegone”. Growing up a block away from Washington Park, and at that time the zoo, she would fall asleep to the African sounds of lions and elephants. The view from her back porch displayed such American icons as Harley Davidson and the Miller Brewery plant, complete with the spinning red lit Miller logo on top of the brewery. She would often say the whole world was on her doorstep.

Joan worked for several years as an executive administrator to the superintendent of schools in Hudson. She married the love of her life, Frank Kvam in Golden Valley, MN on June 13, 1986. She was a deacon in the Presbyterian church and her fellowship included Meals on Wheels and the Phipps Center. Her interests centered around the enrichment of herself through gardening, knitting, art, cooking, homemaking and her strong faith. All these things were driven by her passion to share her love and joy with friends and family, modeling her life after Jesus.

Joan is survived by her loving husband Frank, daughter Kristine Rutherford, both of Hudson, son Bill (Susan) Rutherford of Peoria AZ and St John, ND and John (Linda) Rutherford of River Falls, WI. Grandchildren include Katie (Padraig) of Arvada, CO, Benjamin of Missoula, MT and Amber of White Bear Lake, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Eileen and daughter Kathy.

In recognition of her gift and her witness to us, a private service will be held at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Hudson. Joan’s service will be livestreamed at 1:30pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. For the livestream, please follow this link: Joan Kvam Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, WI.

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    • Dear Frank and Family,
      I was looking through the O’Connells and I see that Joan past away to the Lord on Saturday and now listening to her service. I am sending you a message that I am so sorry to learn about her passing, she was such a beautiful woman inside and all around her. I loved it in church and seeing you and Joan sitting together and holding hands, so much love between you both. So I send you this note to you that I am thinking of you and prayers to you for a peace in your heart.
      Anna Schweitzer.

    • Dear Frank and Family,

      And so the number of saints above is increased by one, leaving behind an empty space that will never be filled except through the gift of memory. We celebrate with you your beloved wife and mother’s life and the many lives she touched.

      May you miss her deeply, forgive her often, and always claim the best of her in you. Our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers remain with you in your grief even as you reflect on the promises of God to provide a reunion in heaven.

    • Joan was my special friend, this sweet lady stole a piece of my heart with her kindness and beautiful nature, I will miss her terribly.
      My Sympathies to you Frank and your families. She will be missed by many including myself. I pray you all find comfort in the fact Joan was one of a kind and loved by many. Sending prayers to you all and especially in the coming days ahead.

    • During our ten years at First Presbyterian Church, we remember Joan as a lovely, caring, thoughtful woman. She always had a kind word, a beautiful smile, and one felt she was really listening to and getting to know you during conversation. We know her family and church family will miss her terribly.

    • She is a loving mother and grandmother i have been apart of the family for 27 years and always felt loved by her my daughter amber loved her grandmother dearly she will be missed dearly we love u