Joan Marie Bot

Jan. 27, 1928- Nov. 7, 2013

ST. CLOUD – Mass of Christian burial for Joan Marie Bot, 85, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. A special prayer service will be at 7 p.m. during the visitation.

She died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at St. Benedict’s Community Center.

Joan was born the fifth of six children to Anton and Cecilia (Plaster) Bromen. She grew up in Marshall and married Norman Bot from Ghent on Aug. 5, 1950. While in high school, Joan excelled at playing the clarinet, saxophone and piano. Throughout much of her life, she enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, and playing piano. While living in St. Cloud, Joan was involved in BeFriender Ministry as well as religious education at Holy Spirit Church. During part of the 20 years she and her husband lived in Florida, she was involved in the Stephen Ministries.

Joan’s family and friends have been graced by her acts of kindness, generous listening skills, humor and unconditional love. She strove to recognize and affirm the unique gifts in each of her children and siblings. Her natural attention to detail was fine-tuned in business school and carried over into her ability to organize the activities of a household of seven. She took delight in leading her young grandchildren in marching bands around the yard, concocting funny faces and sounds to make them laugh, and reading favorite storybooks with great expression. Joan’s willingness to participate in a wide gamut of activities during the four years she was a resident at Benedict Village was an inspiration to us all. She enjoyed attending the organized, festive celebrations and concerts, playing bridge, and taking painting and exercise classes.

Survivors include her husband, Norman; children, Sandy (and John) Bot-Miller and Mike (and Mary Jo) Bot of St. Cloud, Katie (and Larry) Heikens of Spencer, Iowa, Deb (and Brad) Heppner of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Tim (and Pat) Bot of Chaska; 12 grandchildren, Brian, Michelle, Ryan, and Bella Bot, Robin (and Heather), Meghan, and Micah Bot-Miller, Jenn (and Alex), Josh and Kelly Heikens, and Alex and Kelly Heppner; sisters Leona Wielde, Jinny VanRobays, Doris Claeys and Cecelia “Nonny” Fier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Howard; and granddaughter, Erika Bot-Miller.

Joan’s family thank all of Joan’s caregivers during the past seven months for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Cloud Hospital Hospice, Quiet Oaks Hospice, or St. Benedict’s Community Center are requested.