Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died Monday after being entered into hospice.
Mondale was a lifelong patron of the arts earning her nickname "Joan of Art"
Mondale filled the Vice Presidential mansion with works by dozens of artists, including many unkowns, according to a statement from the White House.
Through her contributions to the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Kennedy Center, she passionately advocated for the role of art in the life of our nation and the promotion of understanding worldwide.
Joan Mondale was 83.
"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to former Vice President Walter Mondale and his family on the passing of Joan Adams Mondale. America first came to know Joan through her husband; she was his devoted partner in public service, from Minnesota to Washington. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vice President Mondale and his family today as we remember with gratitude “Joan of Art” and her service to our nation," President Obama said in a statement Monday.
"Joan truly was a Minnesota treasure. She was tireless in her support of the arts both nationally and internationally and brought joy to all who knew her," Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) wrote in a statement.
“Joan was a wonderful woman and I am so glad that I had the honor to call her my friend. She knew that the arts nurture our hearts, our minds, and our souls. And Vice President Mondale could not have had a partner with a warmer heart, keener mind, or a more generous soul," said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) said in a statement.