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In Memory of JoAnn "Joni" Anderson

Gathering of Family and Friends

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday August 3, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday August 3, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016


JoAnn Kristine “Joni” Anderson, of Stillwater MN, daughter of Marvin and Patricia (Hoel) Solsvig passed away with family by her side, March 18, 2021. Born in Saint Paul MN on November 14, 1950, she lived in Hudson WI until age 20.  She is survived by her husband, Brad Anderson; daughters, Abbie (Michael Rihm) Endres of San Francisco and Amy Endres (John Guerin) of Chicago, and stepson Kevin (Han Mi Lee) Anderson of Waukesha; four grandchildren, Matrim, Jacob and Morgan Anderson, and Isaac Rihm; and, five brothers and sisters, Jeff (Gayle) Solsvig, Melvin (Sue) Solsvig, Kris (Chris) Brown, Lori (David) Seim, and Mary (Steve) Wettleson. Joni is preceded in death by her parents.

Joni worked at Madison Area Technical College-Watertown for twenty-five years, rising to Office Manager. She then worked for nine years as Executive Administration Assistant to the CEO of Cisco Learning Institute, an organization supporting the Cisco Networking Academy and other educational research and development. She spent her career helping people advance their educations and futures and was much beloved for her tireless efforts. Joni cared deeply for her family and friends, offering unconditional love, encouragement and her support in any way possible.  She was benevolent to all living creatures who needed help, exemplified by her annual donations to over twenty-five charities for the protection and care of stray and endangered animals.  Joni demonstrated her abiding love for cats, especially strays and rescues, in the selfless care of her adored brood of fur-babies.

Over the years, Joni’s hobbies included gardening, baking, swimming and antiquing becoming an avid pottery and linen collector.  She once performed in a belly dancing group and achieved the rank of purple belt in American Karate. Joni enjoyed traveling around the US, as well as to England, Scotland, Italy, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and North Africa, and especially to Sweden to reunite with family. She loved exploring historic homes and cultural sites throughout America and abroad, appreciating both their history and beauty. In recent years, Joni and Brad enjoyed weekly lunch dates at Olive Garden, with weekend drives in their red convertible, exploring the beautiful St. Croix River Valley where Joni was born and raised. Joni’s favorite time of year was Christmas, when she lavishly decorated the house, celebrated home and family, and hosted 30 to 50 people for dinner on Christmas Day. She held it as a sacred duty to remember meaningful dates, family connections and to preserve memories and history  of the family lineage.

Joni cherished her roles as wife, mother, grammy, sister, auntie, cousin, and friend. Her children will remember her as both a devoted mother and a true friend; she not only raised and nurtured them through childhood, but cultivated special loving relationships with each of them as adults. With kindness, warmth, a welcoming presence, and beautiful blue eyes, she made everyone feel like family, for family was her greatest joy.

She will be dearly missed, and will be forever celebrated in the purr of cats, the blooms of lilacs and yellow roses, and the comfort in a warm bowl of rice pudding.

To have known Joni is to have been deeply blessed, and for that we are so grateful. Our grief can only be matched by the joy of having been loved by her in this life.

It was Joni’s wish that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of several charities close to her heart.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America


National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation


Allina Hospice Foundation


A Memorial Celebration of Joni’s Life will be held on the date of Joni and Brad’s 30th Wedding Anniversary, Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th St. S. Hudson, WI 54016. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and service starting at 11:00 a.m. The service will be livestreamed – click HERE for the service.

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    • Melvin and family,
      Our condolences.
      May your memories lift you in the days to come.
      Blessings and prayers
      Deb and Zane

    • So very sorry to lean of the news of Joni’s passing. Our families were neighbors in Hudson growing up so I have fond memories of all of the Solsvig family.

      Sending good memories and comforting thoughts to all of the family as you navigate through this challenging time.

      With love and condolences
      Gwen Wahlberg Christensen

    • I worked with Joni for many years. I always remember she was always smiling. The first time I spoke to her as a newly hired instructor, I told her I would need a teacher’s edition. She smiled right away and said “I’ll get right on that.” And she did! We had so many fun times at work together; she was just such a hard worker. We had so many laughs together. She was so kind and loving, and she worked such long hours! Our world was such a better place because Joni was in it! My heart goes out to all of her loved ones and to Brad, her husband, who she loved dearly. It’s so very difficult to lose our loved ones, especially the ones who were special angels sent to this world to make it a better place, like Joni was. God bless all of you, and we will love Joni forever. Gail Bailey, Jefferson

    • When I think of Joni I feel warmth. I remember her twinkling eyes, infectious smile and giggle, and gigantic heart. I only got to work with her for a short amount of time but her impression will last forever. God bless and keep her. I know she will be watching down over your family with continued love and protection as your angel.

    • Joni was and is a true angel. She may have been “just” a cousin to my sisters and me, and a niece to my Mom & Dad, but she was truly more a sister and daughter to my family. She seemed to serve as the ever-present connector of all her friends & extended family, no matter the miles between everyone. So cherished by all, her compassion, kindness and love for all creatures was evident in all her actions. I always felt so welcome by her sparkling, warm eyes, which never changed from the time that I looked up to her as my “big” cousin, while she chummed with my older sisters Nancy & Wendy, to the last time we hugged and cried at my parents’ funeral and burial. I know her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her, but I smile to think of the joyous celebration of both her family and mine who have been waiting in heaven to welcome her. The vision of her loving face will no doubt come to mind every time I hear my cat purr, set eyes upon lilacs & yellow roses, or delve into a bowl of warm rice pudding (thank you so much for painting that imagery). Please know that all my love and prayers are with you and your family at this sad & difficult time. I am so grateful to have had Joni in my life.

    • Joni,

      You were a terrific mother to our 2 girls,
      You were loving, caring, and always put them first.
      You seldom complained, and were so appreciative of anything others did/bought for you.
      I know Josie, Poppa Marvin, and Gramma Pat will welcome her to heaven with open arms.
      We were all blessed to know and love Joni.

    • So sorry to read this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers…hoping God will comfort you and family at this most difficult time.

    • Joni. You are the most loved cousin I have ever had.. So sorry.. You are home now and God will take care of you..I have so many good memories that I will charish forever…RIP love you..

    • Joni was always about family first. She always kept us grounded and pulled us together. We will miss her but celebrate her on moving to a better place. I also know she will always be with us and those who have gone before are so rejoicing her arrival. I look forward seeing in the future. Until!

    • Dear Joni,
      The Good Lord has brought you home to him. We always knew you were an angel in this world and now for sure are one, in Heaven. Our love for you is never ending. We know you are at Peace and Blessed Comfort in your special place by the saints and those who are there with you.
      We love and miss you.
      Brother Jeff and Gayle