FORDYCE — Norma Jean Thoene, 56, Fordyce, died Jan. 26, 2017, at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D., due to a long respiratory illness.
Visitation and a Vigil service were Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fordyce, and continued Tuesday, at church, one hour prior to services.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 31 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fordyce, with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Pallbearers were Steven Thoene, Nick Gubbels, Chuck Ryan, Nathan Arens, Jonathon Heimes and Neal Thoene.
Norma Jean Thoene was born March 9, 1960, in Crofton, to Damian Dennis and Helen E. (Pavelka) Arens. She grew up in the Bow Valley area and graduated from Wynot High School in 1978. Norma worked at M-Tron Industries, Yankton, and then married Dan Francis Thoene June 16, 1979, in Bow Valley. Norma did childcare in her home and then worked for Gurney’s Seed and Nursery, Yankton. Norma also worked at Hardee’s, the Sunshine Restaurant in the grocery store, and Yesterday’s Café. She continued working at Yesterday’s Café until five years ago when her health prevented her from working.
Norma Jean liked cooking, canning, gardening and word searches. She enjoyed visiting with the public and also with her family. Norma loved her “Little House on the Prairie” in Fordyce.
Norma is survived by her husband, Dan, Fordyce; son, Bryan, and wife, Jonelle Thoene, Fordyce, and their son, Marcus “MJ”; daughter, Brenda Thoene, Elkhorn; mother, Helen Arens, Hartington; two sisters, Donna and Danny Heimes, Hartington, and Joan Arens, Frisco, Texas; sister-in-law, May Lynn Arens; brother-in-law, Greg Johnson, Verdigre; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was her father, Damian Arens; sister, Dolores Johnson, in 2007; brother, Charles A. Arens, Feb. 2, 2016; brother, Ronald C. Arens, Feb. 15, 2016; sister, Bette Hamilton March 24, 2016; and brother, Roger Arens April 11, 2016.