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Walter Mondale: Joan Mondale, wife of former VP, dies at 83

Walter Mondale: Joan Mondale, wife of former VP, dies at 83.
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Walter Mondale, former United States Vice President's wife Joan Mondale, died at 83. She entered hospice care in Minneapolis on Friday and died on Monday. According to Reuters on Feb. 4, she died with her family at her side.

'We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly,' Walter Mondale, 86, said in a statement.

Walter Mondale, husband of, Joan, did not release details of her death or illness. She served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Mondale's wife was known for her support of the arts for over 60 years. She was active during her college years and her husband's political career. Their home is filled with their extensive artwork collection. President Barack Obama referred to her as "Joan of Art" in a statement about her death.

Joan Mondale was very active in her home state of Minnesota's local art scene. She gave tours and lectures of the Minneapolis Institute for the Arts. A book of her lectures, "Politics in Art," was published in 1972.

In addition to her husband Walter Mondale, her sons, Ted and William, survive Joan. Daughter Eleanor Mondale died previously of cancer in 2011.

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