Mary Jo Lorenzen Dec. 3, 1924 – Oct. 1, 2018

      Mary Jo Lorenzen, 93, of Olin passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at the Pennington Square Assisted Living facility in Monticello. Services for Mary Jo were held on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 10 a.m.,  at the United Methodist Church in Olin. Visitation was held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Olin on Sunday, Oct. 7. Burial was held at the Olin Cemetery. 

      Mary Jo was born Dec. 3, 1924 to Joseph N. and Boneta L. (Shaw) Miller. She grew up in the Anamosa area attending the Anamosa Schools 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, she was a cub scout Den Mother and an Olin Sailorette 4-H club leader. She loved to sew and do needle 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.

      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, Heather (Tom) Hefflefinger of Olin and Chad (Sara) of Lisbon; nine great-grandchildren, Megan Alsenay, Candace Alsenay, Seth Alsenay, Katie lrwin, Kyle lrwin, Kyleen lrwin, Alyssa Hefflefinger, Haley Hefflefinger, and Everett Hefflefinger; two step-grandchildren Michelle (Cole) Seigel, Monticello and Greg Stephen, Monticello. A sister Katie Prull in Visalia, Calif. and Joseph E. Miller in Colton, Calif.

      She is preceded in death by her husband Grover M. Lorenzen in 2012, her parents Joseph N. and Boneta Miller, two sisters Madelyn (Morris) Lane, Velma (Dale) Danneman, a brother James (Sandy) Miller, brother-in-law Virtus (Mary) Lorenzen, sisters-in-law Lois (Delvert) Fisber, Helen (Bill) Norton. Also preceded in death were Grover’s parents Louis and Margaret Lorenzen and a step-grandson Bradley Stephen.

      Memorials may be directed to her family in her honor. Online condolences may be left for the family at



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