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Thelma Joanne (Tate) Johnsen was born July 2, 1929, to William LeRoy "Roy" and Clara (Ellerbeck) Tate in the Hardscratch area in rural Logan, Iowa. The family moved to Modale and Thelma attended country school. The family returned to Logan in the early 40s and Thelma graduated from Logan High School. Thelma went on to teach country school for a couple of years. Thelma married Calvin Johnsen on February 28, 1948, at the Christian Church in Logan. Thelma was the Cass Township clerk for 30+ years. The couple farmed near Underwood with Calvin's uncle until 1950. They then moved to the Plumer place and to their place on Highway 44 in 1975. Calvin died on April 10, 2012.
Thelma was a member of the Logan Christian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. The couple belonged to a dance club. Thelma enjoyed sewing and cooking. She enjoyed playing the organ and playing cards. She was also a member of the Merry Makers Neighborhood Club. She enjoyed going to town on Fridays to get her hair done, buy groceries and socialize. She loved to follow her grandchildren's activities.
Thelma died on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at the Westmont Care Center at the age of 85 years, seven months and 23 days
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Calvin Johnsen; brother, Deane Tate and sister, Verda Wolfe. She is survived by her six children, Jim (Christie) Johnsen and Jerry (Mary) Johnsen all of Logan, Iowa, Joann (Raymond Grundy) Thompson of Denver, Colorado, Jenette (Gale) Dickinson of Woodbine, Iowa, Jay (Leslie) Johnsen of Logan, Iowa, Jil (Jeff) Mortensen of Scribner, Nebraska; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grand-children; sister, Helen (Dave) Glidden of Klamath Falls, Oregon; two sisters-in-law, Juanita Johnsen of Woodbine, Iowa and Patricia Tate of Tipton, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
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