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Joan Strautman

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Joan Irene (Duling) Olesen Strautman, 82, of Carroll, Iowa, and formerly of Coon Rapids, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with John Kult officiating. Organist for the service will be Lula Garnes, and soloist will be Cindy Seastrom. Casket bearers will be Jacob Schroeder, Lucas Schroeder, Michael Schroeder, Jordan Schechinger, Steven Schon, Dalton Helmkamp, Aaron Schopp and Randy Bruening. Burial will be at Orange Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

Visitation will be held at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and at First United Methodist Church from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Friday.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids, and online condolences may be left for the family at

Joan was born on Nov. 29, 1939, at her family’s home in Coon Rapids and was a daughter of Martin and Mildred (Wood) Duling. She graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1958 and then attended the Antonian School of Nursing in Carroll earning her LPN degree. She worked at St. Anthony Hospital for many years, and she also worked at the Bayard Care Center.

Joan was married to Jens Olesen on June 1, 1958, at First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids. The couple made their home in Coon Rapids where they raised their three daughters: Christine, Julie and Dawn. Her husband, Jens, passed away in May 1974. Joan continued to live on their acreage where she raised her family and continued to run their hog operation. She was later married to James Strautman on May 10, 1987, on her acreage. Jim and Joan made their home in Carroll, and she worked at Thomas Rest Haven Nursing Home in Coon Rapids and Jim operated Strautman Tree farm near Ames.

Joan enjoyed working in her yard and planting flower beds and helping Jim tend to trees. She also enjoyed genealogy, tracing her family back many generations. Joan loved to go to Okoboji, eat Nutty Bars, ride in the Jeep with the top off, and going to Hickory Park in Ames, always having dessert first. She adored her puppy, Teddy.

Joan is survived by her three daughters: Christine Schon (Jim) of Glidden, Julie Schroeder (Allan) of rural Coon Rapids and Dawn Helmkamp (Jeff) of Carroll; nine grandchildren: Melanie Schopp (Aaron), Jacob Schroeder (fiancée Victoria Luna), Jennifer Schon, Steven Schon (Bridget), Lucas Schroeder (Theresa), Michael Schroeder (fiancée Traci Becker), Hollie Schechinger (Jordan), Elle Helmkamp and Dalton Helmkamp; 10 great-grandchildren: Nevaeh, Hunter, Logan, Jordan, Mylah, Asher, Abbott, Madi, Brody and Annlyn; sister-in-law Leah Duling; brother-in-law Pedro Hernandez. Joan is also survived by Jim’s children and their families: Janice Stoffel (Bill) of Dubuque, Mary Jo Jeffers of Chicago, James Strautman Jr. (Carol) of Carroll, John Strautman (Kate) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Patricia Strautman of Dubuque, Ellen Johnson (Larry) of Des Moines, and Catherine Kaiser (Kenny) of Ankeny; Jim’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members and good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Martin and Mildred Duling; her son: Ronald Steven Olesen, in infancy; her sister Marilyn Hernandez; her brother Martin Duling; her sister Phyllis Onnen (Ron); her husband Jens Olesen; her husband Jim Strautman; and her beloved grandmother Ella (Bliss) Wood.

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