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JoAnn Emma Brusse


Tue, Feb 11th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

JoAnn Emma Brusse, age 72, of Spring Valley, Minn., she was called to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, February 8, 2014, at the Patty Elwood Center at Country Winds Manor in rural Cresco, Iowa, with her daughters at her side, following a ten year battle with dementia/Alzheimer’s.

JoAnn was born March 20, 1941, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar and Laura (Lund) Olson. From the age of two she was raised and lived with Mort and Marie Bonnerud in rural Spring Valley. She was a 1959 graduate of Spring Valley High School. As a young lady she was a car-hop at the Malt-N-Burger for several years. She married Lowell A. Brusse September 3, 1960, in Bloomfield Lutheran Church in rural Ostrander. The couple made their home in Spring Valley. JoAnn was a 35 year kitchen employee of the Spring Valley/Kingsland school district and was head cook for a number of years. She also worked with her husband Lowell in their family business Pioneer Collectables. Lowell died November 23, 2005. She became a resident of the Evergreens in Spring Valley in 2010 then Wildwood Grove in LeRoy and then in September 2013 to the Patty Elwood Center.

JoAnn was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley. She enjoyed traveling with Lowell with their toy business all over the country. She was a longtime blood donor. JoAnn loved her family and grandsons.

She is survived by two daughters, Lesa (Chris Gunderson) Brusse and Brenda (Kenny) Clark all of Spring Valley; two grandsons, Michael and Matthew Clark both of Spring Valley; five brothers and sisters, Ardis Copeman of Spring Valley, Janice (Mike) Lyons of LeRoy, Jerry Nelson of Tomah, Wisc., Ralph (Karon) Bonnerud of Spring Valley and Marlene (Mert) Root of Ostrander; mother-in-law, Stella Brusse of Ostrander; two brothers-in-law, Julian (Karen) Brusse of Rochester and Terry Brusse of Cherry Grove; sister-in-law, Luann (David) Garrison of Spring Valley; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers, Orville “Corby” Olson, Marlin Olson, Arden Olson and Art Olsen; and an infant sister, Nancy Nelson.

The funeral will be 11 a.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Faith United Methodist Church with Pastor Beth Perez officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley 5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday and at the church on Thursday an hour before the servi .....
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Kingsland School District...

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Another great article this week talking about the Kingsland School District! Jackie Horsman wrote a great article interviewing Al Williams making both towns open our eyes and question what goes on at Kingsland. I think a lot is being ..... 
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Kingsland School District...

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, Jason Sethre, had a very good article in the January 20th edition. It was an interview with John McDonald, the superintendent for the Kingsland School District and it was related to the c ..... 
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Spring Valley florist receives recognition as an FTD premier florist

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.- Carol, Jacob and Jered Gehling from Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral have recently been designated as an FTD Premier Florist. This elite recognition is only available to top quality florists that are a part of the 100 year-old ..... 
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Diane M. Schwartz

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Diane M. Schwartz, age 62, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday morning, February 4, 2014, at her home following a four month battle with lung cancer. Diane was born March 30, 1951, in Mankato, Minn., to Orlando and Ruth (Bartsch) Olson and gradu ..... 
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Ione Erdean Langdon

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Ione Langdon, age 91, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Spring Valley Care Center. Ione Erdean Stadtlander was born June 25, 1922, the daughter of Fred and Ida (Muhlenbruch) Stadtlander. From 8th grade until gra ..... 
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Evelyn M. Rathbun

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Evelyn M. Rathbun, age 75, formerly of Spring Valley, Minn., died Wednesday January 29, 2014 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester, Minn. She was born September 8, 1938 in Rural Spring Valley to Wilbur and Hazel (Lenz) Rathbun. She attended schoo ..... 
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Kingsland School District ...

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, Jason Sethre, had a very good article in the January 20th edition. It was an interview with John McDonald, the superintendent for the Kingsland School District and it was related to the c ..... 
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Kingsland discusses impact of snow days

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All members were present with the exception of Steve Tart. Superintendant John McDonald was also present. Following the Pledge of Allegi ..... 
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