Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2011

Obituary – Ylene Ione (Black) Joselyn

CRYSTAL, Minn. — Yleen Ione (Black) Joselyn, 79, Crystal, Minn., died Feb. 18, 2011, at home in the arms of loved ones. She was 79.
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., March 19, at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Minn.


Yleen was born in Randolph and raised in Emerson, where she graduated from High School in 1949. In 1953, she graduated from the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska, and in 1961, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began her career at Crownsville Hospital in Annapolis, Md., a then-segregated state mental hospital. After brief stints in ER and ICU at North Memorial Hospital, Yleen worked for 31 years as a nurse at schools across District #281. She led support groups for pregnant high school students and helped found and steward a teenage health clinic.
Yleen and husband, Gary, were members of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis for nearly 50 years. She served on many boards, including the Midwest Health Center for Women, Home Free (a battered woman’s shelter), the local chapter of the Minnesota League of Women Voters, the Minneapolis chapter of the American Association of University Women, Elder Learning Institute, YMCA Camp Menogyn, and the Minnesota chapter of the US-UN Association. She delivered meals on wheels, hosted foreign exchange students, delivered cookie plates to dozens of friends and neighbors every Christmas, and organized neighborhood night out parties and buckthorn removal squads.
Yleen was endlessly curious about people and ideas. Conversation circles she helped create included the longest extant Utne Salon in Minnesota, “Wisdom Women,” the “Autumn Women of Hampshire” group, and potluck salons of East Lost Lake Property Owners’ Association.
She is survived by her children and spouses, and Bernadine; Mark (Sara Stake) and Eric (Ellen Somekawa); and grandchildren, Ben, Sam, Eleanor, Tai, Chi and Alexander. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sadie Leone (Swanson) and Glenwood Elver Estoben Black; brother, Jon Duane Black; infant son, Paul; and husband Gary.
Memorials preferred to the Annex Youth Center of Robbinsdale and to Camp UniStar.

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