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Mary Lorenzen


Mary Jo Lorenzen, 93, of Olin passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at the Pennington Square Assisted Living facility in Monticello, Iowa.
Mary Jo was born Dec. 3, 1924, to Joseph N. and Boneta L. (Shaw) Miller. She grew up in the Anamosa area, attending
Anamosa schools and graduating in 1943. On Aug. 7, 1943, she was united in marriage to Grover M. Lorenzen. They farmed with Grover's brother and father, known as Louis Lorenzen & Sons, raising beef cattle south of Olin. Mary was a housewife, a Cub Scout den mother and an Olin Sailorette 4-H club leader. She loved to sew and do needed work. She and Grover played couples' golf at Fawn Creek Country Club and wintered in Arizona for several years. She loved her family very much and she loved to hear about the grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's activities. She will be missed very much.
Services for Mary Jo will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Olin, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Olin, Iowa, on Sunday, Oct. 7. Burial will be held at the Olin Cemetery.
Surviving are two children, Sandra (Roger) Stephen of Monticello and Garen (Pam) Lorenzen of Olin; five grandchildren, Patricia (Taylor) Alsenay of Tahlequah, Okla., Richard Eric Hansen (Jamie) of Golden, Colo., Tara (Jim) Irwin of DeWitt, Iowa, Heather (Tom) Hefflefinger of Olin and Chad (Sara) of Lisbon, Iowa; nine great-grandchildren, Megan Alsenay, Candace Alsenay, Seth Alsenay, Katie lrwin, Kyle lrwin, Kyleen lrwin, Alyssa Hefflefinger, Haley Hefflefinger and Everett Hefflefinger; two stepchildren, Michelle (Cole) Seigel of Monticello and Greg Stephen of Monticello; a sister, Katie Prull of Visalia, Calif.; and a brother, Joseph E. Miller of Colton, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover M. Lorenzen, in 2012; her parents, Joseph N. and Boneta Miller; two sisters, Madelyn (Morris) Lane and Velma (Dale) Danneman; a brother, James (Sandy) Miller; brother-in-law, Virtus (Mary) Lorenzen; sisters-in-law, Lois (Delvert) Fisber and Helen (Bill) Norton; Grover's parents, Louis and Margaret Lorenzen; and a stepson, Bradley Stephen.
Memorials may be directed to her family in her honor.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com.