Joan Richert, age 84, died on July 22, 2021, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 25, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield and will continue Monday from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield, MN, on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 2:00 pm.

The clergy will be Father Garrett Ahlers. Interment will be at the St. Raphael Catholic Cemetery in Springfield, MN.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Joan Mary Richert was born to Rudolph and Lucille (Hornick) Sellner on August 15, 1936, in Brown County, MN. Joan graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. On May 26, 1956, Joan was united in marriage to Donald Richert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Joan and Donald raised their family of 7 children on the farm near Cobden, MN. She was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church where she served as the treasurer of the CCW. Joan also was a member of the extension committee, was a 4-H Leader for 25 years, state director for Pork Producers, and served on the 4-H Committee for University of Minnesota. She enjoyed spending time with her family, painting, reading, crafting, and sewing.

Surviving Joan are her children – Mike and wife Kaye (Kolkmeyer) – children – Jaime – daughter Jordyn; and William and wife Viktoria – children Benjamin, Lucas, Fredrik, and Hannah. Cindy Johnson- children – Joseph and wife Hannah – children Sterling and Mircea; Michael’s daughter Maddy; Anne and husband Jason Veldhuis. Sue Wood – children – Steven – children Gracelyn, Olivia, Sawyer, and Everly; Sarah and husband Joel Vint – children Kella, Judson, and Karis; Brian; and Matthew and wife Brooke. Mary and husband Tom Portner children – Boston, Sabrina, Isabella, Crystal, and Sophia. Barb and husband Todd Egenes – children – Nicole and husband Adam Klinkner – sons Elijah and Caleb; Kristin and husband Tanner Koep; Megan and Kayla. Brian and wife Fawne (Rankin) children – Jacob and Morgan. Chris and wife Sally (Anderson) children – Samantha; Noah and wife Maddie daughter Paisley; and Logan. Also surviving Joan are her brothers – James (Val) Sellner and Dennis (Elaine) Sellner. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, brothers – Chuck and Ron Sellner, granddaughter Emily, and grandson Michael.