Joan Lovrien 1993
Joan Merkert Lovrien
  • 82 years old
  • Date of birth: May 25, 1931
  • Place of birth:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: May 19, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Rochester, Minnesota, United States
We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot

Joan Lovrien died on May 19, 2014 in Rochester, MN.   She was 82 years old.   She was formerly of St. Paul and of Woodbury, MN.

Joan was the widow of  Rex Lovrien, a long-time professor at the University of Minnesota.

She is survived by Lucy Lovrien and son-in-law Nicholas Poser of Watertown, MA;   John Lovrien and daughter-in-law Nga Tang; and Anna Lovrien of Rochester, MN.

She was born in Minneapolis to Charles and Matilda Johnson Merkert.  Joan attended Washburn High School, Stephens College, and received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota.   She then went on to graduate school, attending the University of Iowa’s well known studio art program.

Joan and Rex’s oldest child, Lucy, was born while Rex was obtaining his PhD.  They lived in several university towns, and had their second child, John, before settling in St. Paul.  Joan was a long-time resident of St. Paul (St. Anthony Park) and later lived in Woodbury, MN before moving to Rochester, MN, to be near her daughter Anna.

Joan was a writer and an artist, and had a roving intellect.  She continued studying all her life.  She obtained an M. Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.  She also studied business, and was skilled in mathematics, statistics and computers.  She was always willing to try new technologies and new computer devices.  Her interests and her reading were wide-ranging.  She often read one or two books a day, on subjects as diverse as religion, philosophy, history and poetry.

She was a long-time member of Unity Church Unitarian, the historic Unitarian church in St. Paul Minnesota.  More recently, she belonged to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester. 

Joan had recently resided at the Madonna Towers of Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

Burial will be private, at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.  Your personal tributes on this page are welcome.




Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Lucy Lovrien on 25th May 2016

"Happy Birthday, Mom.  Thinking of you even more this week and especially today.  We had a funny gift tradition in our family -- we quite often gave a card that was unsigned, so it could be used again.  We weren't that cheap, it was more like a funny thing we shared.  But I still have many lovely cards from Joan, signed by her in her elegant handwriting.  Often depicting cats (we all love cats)."

This tribute was added by Lynn Maiocco on 27th May 2014

"Joan married my brother Rex when I was about 16.  I remember how beautiful she was and how kind she always was to our family.  I will remember her with great fondness.  Both Joan and Rex had great intellectual gifts, but they were always so very down-to-earth and approachable.  I love the pictures you have collected here on this site - thank you for sharing.  

Aunt Lynn Lovrien Maiocco"

This tribute was added by David Salchow on 23rd May 2014

"This is a beautiful tribute.  Thank you for sharing.  Clearly Joan has left a lasting legacy.  Rest in Peace and Godspeed.

David Salchow"

This tribute was added by Aric Kittleson on 23rd May 2014

"As a colleague of Anna, I can say your mother's curiosity and intellect lives on through you.  Her plethora of knowledge is inspiring.  Your desire to continue learning yourself and wanting to share that knowledge with others is contagious and will forever make your mother proud.

You are in our thoughts at SCHS.


This tribute was added by Heidi Niemeyer on 23rd May 2014

"I am a colleague of Anna and though I never met Joan I believe the greatest tribute to her I can give is to say she raised a wonderful person in her daughter Anna and I am truly fortunate to call her my colleague and more importantly a friend.  Anna you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

Heidi Niemeyer"

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