Joan DesMarais

Joan J. DesMarais, 87, of Staples, passed away October 28, 2017, at Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, November 2, at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples with Father Joe Korf presiding. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the church. 

Interment will be at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples.

Arrangements are with Taylor Funeral Care of Staples.

Joan was born January 4, 1930, to Lymond and Marie (Schintgen) Johnson in Long Prairie. She married Donald F. DesMarais on August 26, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker and mother.

She is survived by seven daughters, Barbara DesMarais, Mary (Matt) Brenk, Jane (Tom) Whelan, Shari (Kurt) Swanson, Theresa (Jim) Essington, Annette (Mike) Sinotte and Renee (Dale) Justin and three sons, Steve (Helen) DesMarais, Joe (Lisa) DesMarais, John (Vera) DesMarais; 30 grandchildren; over 40 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Bob (Eloise) Johnson, Russ (Bonnie) Johnson, Ron (Bev) Johnson, Chuck (Paula) Johnson, Kev (Dian) Johnson; two sisters, Jeanne (Don) Peterson and Mary Kay (Mike) Ming.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Doug, Terry and Bill; one sister, Peg and grandson, Brent Sinotte.

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