Joel Schardt

Joel Arnold Schardt

March 6th, 1945 - August 3rd, 2020
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Joel Arnold Schardt of Bloomington, MN, passed away suddenly of natural causes July 26, 2020. Joel was born March 6, 1945 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to Rev. Adolph and Esther (Meier) Schardt, attending Cedar Falls High School and later Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where he sang and internationally toured with the Wartburg Choir. After graduating he continued his studies at Princeton and the University of Cincinnati, eventually making his way to California where he served in various positions in the fields of psychological counseling, probation, and social research. He also spent some time working in the forestry industry in northern California.

Joel found his way back to the Midwest and settled in St. Cloud, MN in 1977, working as a planner for the Central Minnesota Health Systems Agency, where he continued to foster his lifelong passion and advocacy for quality, compassionate, and affordable health care. (Lately, Joel was grateful to reengage these interests through his help with Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s mental health ministry.) In 1979 Joel moved to Minneapolis to continue serving as a planning consultant and broadening his interest into the field of dental practices, making lifelong friends along the way. This proved fortuitous as his experiences and personal and professional relationships led him to start his own business in 1984, Affiliated Computer Groups, Inc. which grew out of his fascination with the emerging personal computer phenomenon. Joel continued with ACG until retiring a few years ago.

Other than pursuing his entrepreneurial endeavors, Joel enjoyed spending time with friends and family, often in deep conversation. He especially enjoyed his trips back to California and spending time at the coast, either on the water sailing and touring, or simply taking a quiet walk on the beach. He also enjoyed overseeing the family farmland in Iowa, ensuring it was well taken care of and productive.

Joel was preceded in death by his parents, older sister Lucia Fisher, and nephew Paul Fisher. He is survived by his sister, Carolyn (Rev. Andrew) Oppedahl of Dubuque, Iowa; nephews Mark (Kris Dzitkowski) Oppedahl, Nathan (Jeneann) Oppedahl, Rev. Paul Oppedahl, and niece Beth Chaplin; as well as great-nieces Laila and Madeline, and great-nephew Jonah.

There will be a brief service of remembrance Thursday, August 13th, at 2 PM ~ Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Avenue. Joel’s final resting place will be next to his parents in Cedar Falls.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in Joel’s name to the Arthritis National Research Foundation at
Gill Brothers 612-861-6088
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  • Funeral service

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    Lakewood Cemetery Chapel
    3600 Hennepin Avenue South
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
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    Rev. Paul Oppedahl
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
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joy delong

Posted at 12:09pm
So sorry to hear of Joel's passing. He was a great person and enjoyed our chats over coffee.
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Carole Peterson

Posted at 04:02pm
Our sympathy to Joel's family. We knew him for several decades and appreciated his friendship and empathetic nature. He was always willing to help friends in any way he could. We'll remember him as a caring and thoughtful person who left this world too soon. Carole and Bob Peterson

Rhonda Collins

Posted at 02:24pm
I was shocked and saddened by Joel's passing. He was a good man and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Carole Peterson Posted at 09:06pm

Bob and I were shocked to learn that Joel passed away so suddenly. He had a good soul and was a good friend for many years. We will miss his kind spirit. Our sympathy to the family. Carole Peterson

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