Thelma Johannsen

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thelma Johannsen

Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Johannsen, 96, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. William Schreiber will officiate the service.

Visitation will be open at 3 p.m. today at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, with family present from 6-8 p.m.

There will be a Rosary service performed by The Catholic Daughters starting at 6 p.m. tonight at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, followed by a Vigil Service.

Mrs. Johannsen passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Northshire Residence.

Thelma Mary Johannsen, the daughter of Theodore and Katherine Andre Kenne, was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Whittemore, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in the Whittemore area, where she graduated from Presentation Academy in Whittemore.

Thelma married B.E. "Friday" Johannsen on May 1, 1941, in Fairmont, Minn. They later moved to Spencer, where she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Mission Group, Sacred Heart Rosary Makers and Catholic Daughters.

Thelma enjoyed cooking, canning, flower gardening - her favorite was the Pink Peonies - and traveling, especially to Rome. She also enjoyed daily journaling of weather conditions, making felt Christmas stockings and spending time with family.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her 12 siblings: Dorothy Brown, Marie Hanley, Maybelle Geilenfeld, Peter, Casper, Clifton, Lawrence, Leona, Rosella, Raymond and Joe Kenne; and one son, Robert Johannsen.

Left to cherish her memory are her three sons: Gerald (Monica) Johannsen of Spencer, Kenny (Vicki) Johannsen of Spencer, and Gaylen Johannsen of Burnsville, Minn.; eight grandchildren: Susan Dameron, Sarah Ashlock, Sheila Devine, Ryan, Jeremy, Eric, Jonathon and Toshia Johannsen; 13 great-grandchildren: LaKeisha, Isaac, Joetta, Kayla, Peyton, Tateum, Broedy, Dakota, Skylar, Justin, Ava, Isaiah and Jocelyn; three sisters-in-law: Ione Kenne of Whittemore, Iowa, Laverin Kenne of San Francisco, Calif., and Dorothy Johannsen of Sutherland, Iowa; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer in charge of arrangements.