Joan Laird

Joan Laird, 95, of Orange City, formerly of Storm Lake, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will follow in Storm Lake Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be designated to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Santa's Castle, PO Box 212, Storm Lake.

Ann Josephine “Joan” Engstrom was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Clarion, the daughter of Frederick and Marie (French) Engstrom. After Marie's death, Joan was raised by her uncle and aunt, Edward and Martina Ericksen.

Joan attended school in Clarion, graduating from Clarion High School in 1940.

On July 31, 1944, Joan was united in marriage to Robert Harold Laird in Minneapolis, Minn. They were blessed with two sons, Edward and Alan.

While their children were growing up, Joan stayed home and cared for them as well as being an entrepreneur, restoring and renting apartments. After her sons were grown, Joan was known by many for her time spent as a real estate broker in the Storm Lake area.

Joan was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, where she served on the Board of National Missions as well as many other committees.

Hobbies of Joan’s included stamp collecting, gardening, sewing, knitting and playing bridge. She also loved living on the lake. Most of all, she cherished time spent with family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Dr. Alan Laird and his wife Lisa of Orange City; daughter-in-law, Sue Laird of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren: Kelley Laird of Fort Myers, Fla.; Jay Laird of Longview, Wash.; Jorden Laird of Front Royal, Va.; Matthew Laird of Nashville, Tenn.; Daniel Laird and his wife Rebecca of Roseville, Minn.; great-grandchildren: Gabriel and Connor Deisch of Front Royal, Va.;  as well as extended family and friends.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Marie Engstrom; husband, Robert Laird; son, Edward Laird; brothers, Fred and Ted Engstrom; sister, Ona Marie Engstrom; grandchildren, Jason Laird and Joshua Laird.