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“I am so sorry to hear about Joanne's passing. I loved being able to take care of her at Rose Vista. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Shannon Winchester - Shelby, IA

“Dear Thomson family, my heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I have so many fond memories of Joanne and all of you! Her peanut butter frosting was...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Sandy Bertelsen Harmelink - IA

“To the Thomsen family, I am saddened by the news of your mom's death. She was such an interesting and kind person. As a friend of Cindy's, I used to...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Dianne Book - Walnut, IA - Friend

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Joanne. It is very hard to lose a parent, given the lives that they created for their children and the...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Dale Becker - Polson, MT

“Sympathy to all of her family. She was a nice and kind person to everyone. She will be missed. Hugs, Diane and familyk ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Diane Haubold - Missouri Valley, IA

“Im so sorry fot your loss. Joanne was a wonderful lady. I took care of jer daily at Rose Vista and she truly was an amazing woman. I loved jer dearly...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Debra Eickholt - Woodbine, IA

“Dear family Love and prayers for all. What a beautiful soul. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Leia Johnsen - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Joann' s passing she was one if my favorite residents!! ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Laura Martz - CHARTER OAK, IA

“I first met Joanne square dancing while Keith was calling. What a great and fun couple. After moving back to Woodbine we became good friends with...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jan. Tim and Mark Soukup - FL

“So Very Very Sorry. Prayers Prayers To All The Family. Love And Hugs To All The Family. Patty & Tom Niedermyer. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Patty & Tom Niedermyer - Magnolia, IA


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Rita Joanne (Render) Thomsen was born August 10, 1928, to Gerald and Doris (Wilson) Render in Modale, Iowa. She was raised near Missouri Valley, and she graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1945. Joanne met Keith Thomsen while she was working at a restaurant that Keith came into for lunch. The couple got married on September 9, 1946, and lived just west of Portsmouth. They moved to Woodbine in 1991. Keith died on May 29, 1994. Joanne married Darrell Fahrenkrog in August of 2001. He died suddenly in November 2001.

Joanne was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing, playing cards and going to the casino. Joanne and Keith enjoyed going to Honey Creek to listen to the Big Bands as well as dance the Jitterbug to the music. Keith was a square dance caller and Joanne would teach the men how to two-step and waltz. They both gave lessons to many people. Joanne was a beautiful seamstress and made all of her square dance dresses. Most of all, Joanne loved her family and adored being a mom and grandma. Joanne was called granny by her grandkids and grandma great by her great grandkids. Every Christmas, the granddaughters would get something handsewn by Granny.

Joanne died on Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine at the age of 89 years, nine months, and 11 days.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Keith Thomsen and Darrell Fahrenkrog; sister, Cel Cleaver; brother, Jerry Render; and grandson, Michael Thomsen. She is survived by three children, Ron Thomsen and his wife Ethel of Logan, Iowa; Vicki and her husband Gary Argotsinger and Cindy and her husband Gary Seda all of Woodbine, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; sister, Dorothy Glover of Beaver Lake, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Irene Render of Missouri Valley, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.