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Mary Jo Miller Lorenzen
December 3, 1924 – October 1, 2018
Mary Jo Lorenzen, 93, of Olin, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Pennington Square Assisted Living facility in Monticello.
Mary Jo was born December 3, 1924, to Joseph N. and Boneta L. (Shaw) Miller. She grew up in the Anamosa area, attending the Anamosa Schools, graduating in 1943.
On August 7, 1943, she was united in marriage to Grover M. Lorenzen. They farmed with Grover’s brother and father known as Louis Lorenzen & Sons, raising beef cattle south of Olin. Mary was a housewife, she was a Cub Scout den mother and an Olin Sailorette 4-H club leader. She loved to sew and do needlework. She and Grover played couples golf at Fawn Creek country club and wintered in Arizona for several years. She loved her family very much, and she loved to hear about the grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities. She will be missed very much.
Services for Mary Jo were held on Monday, October 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Olin. Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Olin, Iowa, on Sunday, October 7. Burial was held at the Olin Cemetery.
Surviving are two children, Sandra (Roger) Stephen of Monticello and Garen (Pam) Lorenzen of Olin; five grandchildren, Patricia (Taylor) Alsenay of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Richard Eric Hansen (Jamie) of Golden, Colorado, Tara (Jim) Irwin of DeWitt, Heather (Tom) Hefflefinger of Olin and Chad (Sara) of Lisbon; nine great-grandchildren, Megan Alsenay, Candace Alsenay, Seth Alsenay, Katie Irwin, Kyle Irwin, Kyleen Irwin, Alyssa Hefflefinger, Haley Hefflefinger and Everett Hefflefinger; two step-children, Michelle (Cole) Seigel, and Greg Stephen, Monticello; a sister, Katie Prull, Visalia, California, and Joseph E. Miller, Colton, California.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Grover M. Lorenzen in 2012; her parents, Joseph N. and Boneta Miller; two sisters, Madelyn (Morris) Lane and Velma (Dale) Danneman; a brother, James (Sandy) Miller; brother-in-law, Virtus (Mary) Lorenzen; sisters-in-law, Lois (Delvert) Fisber and Helen (Bill) Norton. Also preceded in death were Grover’s parents, Louis and Margaret Lorenzen, and a stepson Bradley Stephen.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 11 October 2018


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