Joanne Jenson, 1933-2016

Published 9:24 am Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Memorial services for Joanne Marie Jenson of Albert Leawill be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bonnerup Funeral Service chapel. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Interment at a later date will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Joanne died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at her home in Albert Lea. She was 83.

Joanne was born July 19, 1933, in Janesville, the daughter of Irene Hess and Clifford Chrisman. She was a graduate of Albert Lea High School. After high school she was united in marriage to Arthure Winsmore Deal, and later in life to Norval Jens Jenson, both of whom preceded her in death.

Joanne Jenson

Joanne Jenson

Joanne was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and was active in the caring and sharing. She was employed as an administrative secretary at Hormel Corporation, a legal secretary in Janesville, account supervisor at Queen’s Products in Albert Lea and for many years worked in the cafeteria at Hawthorne Elementary School, retiring well into her 70s.

Joanne enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble and 500, but — most of all — loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Kathleen (Ivan) Appel of Albert Lea and their children Hillary (Tim) Glen and daughter, Jenna; Abigail (Trent) Goskeson and son, Graham; Evan and daughters Grace, Alix (Chad) and her son, Brayden Farley; and Emily (Dan) Lein of Sauk Center, Laurie Jo Deal (Wes Olson) of Albert Lea and her daughter, Cassandra Deal Rasmussen. Also surviving is one brother, Charles (Jeanine) Anderson of Albert Lea; sisters Barb (Kenneth) Schroeder of Albert Lea, Evelyn Kast of Albert Lea, Mary Anderson of Albert Lea, Deborah Johnson of Albert Lea and Randi (Bill) Paige of Columbia Heights; special cousin, Ambrose Chrisman, of Paducah, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews. There are in-laws surviving: Dorothy Birch of Mason City, Vern (Ann) Voss of Bemidji and Al (Donna) Rieber of Apache Junction, Arizona.

Joanne was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Anderson; father, Clifford Chrisman; stepfather, Earl Anderson; husbands Arthure and Norval; sisters Carol Cross and Virginia Meunier; and brother, Roland Anderson.

Joanne was a wonderful loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was her family’s angel on Earth. They will miss her greatly but are so happy she is at peace.