Ferne Irene Thorne

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Funeral services for Ferne Irene Thorne, 98 will be held at a later date.

Ferne passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at Spencer Hospital.

Ferne Irene Thorne, the daughter of John and Luella Smith Huss, was born Sept. 28, 1910, in Correctionville. Ferne received her early education in Correctionville and graduated from the Correctionville High School.

Ferne married Frank Stoneking. Following their marriage, they lived in the Primghar. Ferne worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone from 1930 to 1949.

On Aug. 6, 1961, Ferne married John Thorne in Spencer. Following their marriage, they made their home in Hartley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Frank Stoneking; her second husband, John Thorne; and her step-daughter, Rita Joenks.

Ferne is survived by three step-children: Vance Thorne and wife, Ruth of Spokane, Wash., Barbra Rusch and husband, Verlin of Slater, and Lynn Dotson and husband, Nyle of Spencer; one step-son-in-law, Frank Joenks of Milford; and eight step-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Warner Funeral Home of Hartley.