Joan Kalmbach

Joan Phyllis (Rogers) Kalmbach, 67, formerly of Bowbells, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Trinity Homes in Minot.

Joan was born Dec. 26, 1946, to Walter R. and Irene (Zimmerman) Rogers, in Minot. She was raised in Bowbells and graduated from Bowbells High School in 1964.

Joan was once united in marriage to William Kalmbach Dec. 6, 1965. This union was blessed with two daughters, Karla and Kathy.

Sometime later, Joan met her special companion, Jon McIntyre. They happily resided in Bowbells for many years until Joan became a resident of Trinity Homes June 20, 2013, due to her health. Joan loved spending time with her family and friends, playing cards, listening to music, reading, doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, gardening and bowling.

Joan worked in Kenmare, Portal and Bowbells prior to opening Bowbells Cafe, where she enjoyed cooking, serving and visiting many customers and friends. She was an organizer of family reunions and kept in touch with many of her relatives.

Joan was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bowbells. She will be missed by all who shared in her life.

Joan is survived by: her companion, Jon McIntyre, Bowbells; daughter, Kathy (Larry) Bryant, Lignite; granddaughter, Katelynn (Dustin) Logelin and baby girl Logelin, due in April; grandson, Brandon Bryant, Lignite; sisters, Karen (Larry) Allen, Bismarck, and Eunice (Doug Nickolls) Landers, Springfield, Ore.; brother, Wes (Corliss) Rogers, Grand Forks; and many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Karla Tysver; and sister, Janet Larson.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Bowbells Community Cemetery, Bowbells.

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(Arrangements by Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot)