Norma Jean Johansen, 77, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Norma Jean Johansen was born Dec. 29, 1926, in Rockwell City, the daughter of Grover and Esther (Perry) Bryant. She attended school in Storm Lake. The family moved to Dyer, Tenn., when Norma Jean was a young girl. She later returned to Iowa making Le Mars her home in 1940.
On Feb. 14, 1943, Norma Jean and Marvin Johansen were united in marriage at Dakota City, Neb. They made their home on a farm in Washington Township, west of Le Mars. The couple farmed and raised their family there until moving to Le Mars in 1972. It was then that Norma Jean went to work at Floyd Valley Hospital. She retired in 1975. She moved to Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars on Dec. 24, 2003.
Norma Jean was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars and belonged to the Sara Circle. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, crossword puzzles and, most of all, spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband Marvin of Le Mars; a son Dean and his wife, Sandy, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; two daughters, Barb Kowalke and her husband, Denny, and Rhonda Tammen and her husband, Rod, both of Le Mars; three granddaughters, Jamie Ioos and her special friend, Mark Nutini, of Las Vegas, Nev., Jocelyn Woods and her husband, Glen, of San Pedro, Calif., and Tracy Moore and her husband, Kyle, of Sioux City; a grandson, Troy Tammen and his wife, Dawn, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; three great-grandsons, Cameron and Caleb Tammen and Bryce Moore; a sister, Lousie Becton and her husband Bill of Dyer, Tenn.; and a brother, Kenneth Bryant and his wife, Billie, of Germantown, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Larry Fett officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillside Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service for 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Petersen, Jeff Berkenpas, Norman Nielsen, Gary Berkenpas, Orville Kenowith and William Renken.