Joan Svendsen, 77

Joan Svendsen, 77, of Conrad, IA passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014, at her residence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Chapel United Methodist Church, in rural Gladbrook. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Conrad Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes. Interment will be at Chapel cemetery, in rural Gladbrook. Online condolences may be sent to

Jo was born March 15, 1937 to William and Eva (Flanigan) Crawford in Grinnell, IA. She graduated from Gilman High School in 1955. Jo was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Svendsen on March 2, 1958 in Melbourne, IA. She and her husband farmed for 44 years in rural Green Mountain and Beaman. Jo also was employed part time as a postal clerk for both the Beaman and Lincoln post offices. She was a member of Chapel United Methodist Church. Jo was very active and volunteered her time to; L.C.A., Chapel Volunteers, U.M.W., and the Beaman American Legion Auxiliary.

Jo will be missed by her three children; Randy (Donna) Svendsen of Marshalltown, Debra (Alan) Benoit of Menomonie, WI, Steven (Judith) Svendsen of Clive, IA, ten grandchildren; Rebekah, Luke, Jacob, Lydia, and Leah Svendsen, Erin and Jena Benoit, Abigail, Nicole, and Rachel Svendsen, two brothers; Donald (Shirley) Crawford of Auburn, CA, John (AnnaLee) Crawford of Baxter, IA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick (Nov. 18, 2013), and a brother, Carl Crawford.