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Joan Rita Reed (née Cipala)

October 26, 1952 - June 18, 2022

Funeral Home Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, Apple Valley

Cemetery Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Service Location Church of St. Michael

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial: July 21st, 2022 at 11am Visitation: one hour prior to Mass

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Reed, Joan Rita (née Cipala)

It is with sadness that I announce the death of my dear wife, Joan, on June 18, 2022, in Budapest, Hungary. Joan died at the age of 69 of a pulmonary embolism, as we were leaving the River Ship Atla for a tour of this beautiful city. Joan and I traveled together for many years; Hungary was the 16th European country we were lucky enough to visit, added to three North American countries, one African, and one Asian country. Joan and I were married on June 16, 1973, so we had, only two days before her death, celebrated our 49th anniversary with a host of friends aboard the ship.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents, William Sr. & Viola Cipala; and her brother, James Cipala.

She is survived by her husband, Keith; was blessed with two marvelous children, Matthew (Heather Bergh), and Katie (Chris) Karow; she was very proud of our precious granddaughter, Riley, who had just days before turned the magic age of four; her brother, William Jr. (Pam) Cipala; sister-in-law, Ronell Benson; and many other relatives and friends.

Joan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in German Literature and went on to receive a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul. Joan spent a stellar career as a Radiologic Technologist, graduating from the University of Minnesota Radiologic Technology program in 1974.

She started her career at the U of M Hospital and was their first Ultrasound Technologist. From there she moved to Ramsey (now Regions) Hospital in St. Paul where she focused on what would become her specialty as a Mammography Technologist, where she became the Lead Mammography Tech, then moved into the same position with the Piper Breast Center in Minneapolis. Her devotion to her patients led her to receive the WCCO Good Neighbor award.

Joan then moved to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists where she was the Supervisor of Continuing Education and Testing, certifying nearly 350,000 Radiologic Technologists in the U.S., retiring from the ARRT in 2016.

Joan was active in State and National Radiologic Technology associations, serving as President of the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists, and served on the Mammography Committee of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, and was elevated to Fellow of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Joan was active in Toastmasters International, achieving the DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) level. She was a quilter, and also a skilled knitter, rubber stamper, photographer, and acrylic painter. She was an avid reader and was active in book clubs. She was a longtime active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Farmington, where she was a rosary maker, had been President of the Parish Council, and maintained communication with several seniors by sending cards and letters.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 11am on Thurs., July 21, 2022, at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington, with visitation one hour prior. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (

If you are not able to attend the Mass, you can livestream it at: (it will go live on July 21st at 10:45am).