December 20, 1950 - April 7, 2016
Funeral services for Joan Carol Rustad-Huisman, 65, were April 12, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth with Pastors Arne Halbakken and Paul Meierdin officiating. Burial was at United Lutheran Cemetery, Frost, Joan died April 7, 2016, at United Hospital, Blue Earth.
She was born December 20, 1950, at Albert Lea, the daughter of Harold and Mavis (Berge) Rustad of Northwood, Iowa.
From 1974-79, Joan taught physical education in Australia. After returning to the U.S. she taught math at Brewster, MN. In 1981 she began a 30-year career at Blue Earth Area Schools where she taught math. She also sponsored the Math Counts competition, coached three sports and taught Community Ed social dance. She was an active member of Education Minnesota-BEA, where she served as an officer and as a member and chair of several state-level committees. She was proud of her membership in the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was also a member of the Best Practices Network-Math, and gave presentations and workshops around the area. Joan loved teaching and was a dedicated, conscientious, demanding professional, both in and out of the classroom.
On June 18, 1988, she was united in marriage to John Huisman, her "boss" at BEAHS, on the lawn of the family farm in Northwood. To this union was born one son, Quinn Erik Huisman. Joan and John traveled extensively throughout the world and 49 states in the U.S.
Joan is survived and sorely missed by her husband, John, and son, Quinn; brothers, Roger (Debbie) of Northwood and Arlyn (Kerin) of Walters, MN; six nieces, other relatives, many dear friends, teaching colleagues and former students in two countries. Also missing Joan are Swiss foreign exchange student, Lorenz Gebhard, and his family. She was preceded in death by her parents, four uncles and three aunts, most recently, Rena and Helen.

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