Joanne Delger, 72, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 18, 2006

The funeral service for Joanne J. Delger of

Albert Lea will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crossroads Evangelical Free Church, Albert Lea. The Rev. Glen Stevens will officiate. Interment will be in Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour before the service at the church.

Joanne passed away peacefully Friday, June 16, 2006, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 72 years old.

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Joanne was born on March 27, 1934, in Waseca to John (Jack) and Velva Fette. She was raised in the West Concord area by her mother and stepfather John Kath. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade and attended high school in West Concord and in California.

She married Richard Kath on Oct. 20, 1951, in Waseca. To this union four children were born. Later Joanne was then united in marriage to Kermit Delger on April 29, 1985. Joanne worked in various jobs in the Albert Lea area and was employed for over 35 years in the plant now known as Schweigerts.

Joanne is survived by her parents, John and Velva Kath of West Concord, husband Kermit of Albert Lea, son Bruce Kath of Ashland, Ky., daughters Debra (Russ) Koenen of Clarks Grove, Renee (Steve) Krogsgaard of Alden, Cheryl Kath of Humbird, stepdaughter Shelly Prihoda of Blooming Prairie, grandchildren Jenna Kath, Emily, Megan and Erin Krogsgaard, Chad Schaper, Brittany and Jim Hooker, Melissa Klocke and Sara Gillette and great grandsons William Gillette and Brayden Hooker.

Brother Raymond (Marlene) Kath of West Concord, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father John (Jack) Fette and

brother Clyde Fette and stepson&045;in-law Steve Prihoda. Joanne had a great zest for life and enjoyed music, reading, birdwatching, the pastor and congregation of the Crossroads church and most of all spending time with her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but will live on in our hearts forever.