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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 service.

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