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Joanne Brownell

November 5, 1933 — September 19, 2020

Hibbing

HIBBING--Joanne Brownell, 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September

19, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

Joanne was born November 5, 1933, to Oscar and Kathleen Dornack. She was

raised in Chisholm, Minnesota and was a graduate of Chisholm High School. She

was proud to be from Chisholm, and maintained many lifelong friendships from

her youth, along with many cherished friendships from her years residing in

Hibbing.

After raising her six kids, Joanne returned to school, graduating from the College

of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul with a degree in business administration. She worked

for Snelling and Snelling as an executive placement professional, and eventually

opened her own executive placement firm in Rosedale. Following her retirement,

she returned to the Hibbing area to be closer to her children and their families.

She will be lovingly missed by her family, including sons; Gregory (Christine), of Meadowlands, MN

Patrick (Sharon), David (Jill), and Thomas (Bonnie), and daughters, Julie and

Kathleen Brownell, all of Hibbing; her sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Jane

Faricy, St. Paul, and Kathleen (Anthony) DelGreco, Grand Rapids, and their

families. Her strength, resilience, and many talents will be carried on through the

lives of her 11 grandchildren; John, Brent, Angela, Carrie, Mariah, Elizabeth,

Kaela, Emily, Amy, Ryan and Brittany; and her 6 (soon-to-be 8) great-

grandchildren.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Kay Dornack, sister,

Diane Dornack, her former husband, James Brownell, brother-in-law, Robert

Faricy, and beloved grandson, Joseph Anthony Brownell.

A private family service will be held in the Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing,

followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery in Austin, MN at a later date.

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