Joanne Sharon Skrukrud

Joanne Sharon Skrukrud, age 79, of Sacred Heart, died Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Avera Granite Falls Hospital.  A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Community Center. Burial will be at a later date in Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery in Sacred Heart. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.

Joanne Sharon Skrukrud was born on September 2, 1944, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Roy and Irene (Hirt) Langseth.  In 1950, Joanne was adopted by Orville Lerud and they lived on a farm south of Sacred Heart.  Joanne graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1962.  She was united in marriage to John Skrukrud on June 16, 1962, at Opdal Lutheran Church south of Sacred Heart.  Over the years, Joanne worked several jobs including managing the Sacred Heart Liquor Store, Airway Lockers, Warner Manufacturing, and the Cenex station. Joanne served her community for over 20 years with the S.H.I.R.T. team.  She loved camping with the Sacred Heart/Wood Lake crew, playing cards with the local ladies, crossword puzzles, and hanging out with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son and daughters: Todd (and LaVonne) of Lusk, WY, Nicole Vanos of Sacred Heart, and Nan (and special friend Dewayne Sadler) Beck of Sacred Heart, her eight grandchildren: Amber, Mitch (and Jacklyn), Kristi (and Tom), Kiffani, Kaci (and Devin), Dakota, Kody, and Bayla; two great-great grandchildren Emma and Luke; her brothers:  Arvid (and Patty) Lerud of Sioux Falls, SD, Roger (and Marcene) Lerud of Sacred Heart, and O.E. (and Linda) Lerud of Echo; her beloved dog Rafe; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents Orville and Irene, and her husband John.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN