Joan M. ‘Josie’ Robinson


Joan Mary ‘Josie’ Robinson, 81, of rural Osseo, passed away unexpectedly at home, Friday, May 21, 2021, with loving family near her.

She was born March 10, 1940, in Glencoe Township, to Henry and Emma (Kube) Dabelstein. Joan married the love of her life, Leonard LeRoy Robinson, February 14, 1959, at Christ Lutheran Church in Arcadia. They were blessed with 62 wonderful years. Together, they were blessed with two wonderful children: David and Rhonda. Joan farmed alongside her husband for over 30 years. She waitressed at Club Midway and helped with catering for five years. She was also a substitute cook at the three Whitehall schools when needed for over 10 years, and a health-care worker for five years as well. Josie belonged to the Pleasantville Homemaker’s/Woman’s Club for 62 years. She was a member of Elk Creek Lutheran Church for all of her married life, and where she also taught Sunday School, and was an ELCA member. Josie also worked on the Hale Township election board for many years. She was honored to be named Pleasantville’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 2018.

Josie loved traveling the world with friends and family, visiting many foreign, far-and-distant lands. She enjoyed feeding and watching her birds and listening to their singing. She loved embroidering quilts for ELCA Church Bazaars and Women’s Club. Josie enjoyed her time fishing with her family and loved her grandchildren ever so dearly. She was thrilled to have great-grandkids as well.

Surviving Joan are her husband, Leonard; her children: David (Sharon Lyga) Robinson and Rhonda (Kenneth) Koval; her grandchildren: Rachael (Josh) Julson, Amber (Travis Sonnentag) Robinson, Derek (Andrea) Robinson, Kyle (Kaili Gardner) Koval, and Collin Koval; and two great-grandchildren: Elliott ‘Eli’ and Lily Robinson.

Funeral Services for Josie were held at Elk Creek Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Valerian Ahles, with burial at the Elk Creek Lutheran Cemetery.

Schiefelbein Funeral Home is serving the family; P: 715-597-3711. Online condolences may be offered at

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