JoAnn Karsten, 68, of Manning, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning following a courageous two-year battle with breast cancer.
Graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, at Manning Cemetery, Manning, Iowa. The Rev. Joel Sutton, pastor, United Methodist Church, Manning, will officiate. Casket bearers will be
Tyler Summers, Casey Karsten, Nick Rasmussen, John Lorenzen, Ben Lorenzen and Chris Heck. Honorary casket bearers will be JoAnn’s nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Ohde Funeral Home, Manning.
JoAnn, daughter of Kenneth and Virginia (Brown) Dethlefs, was born Feb. 1, 1952, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. She grew up in Manning and graduated from Manning High School in 1970. She then graduated from the University of Iowa, majoring in elementary education, and received a library science certification from Buena Vista University. She was the junior and senior high librarian at Glidden-Ralston schools for four years.
On June 23, 1979, JoAnn married Jim Karsten at United Methodist Church in Manning. JoAnn worked at Manning Trust and Savings/American Interstate Bank for 17 years before joining Brink and Sextro Law Firm, from which she retired in 2018.
JoAnn was a member of United Methodist Church in Manning, where she was in the bell choir, active as organist since high school, and a Sunday school teacher for 24 years. Throughout the years, JoAnn was a member of PEO, and enjoyed playing piano, sitting on the deck, bird-watching and going on walks. She was also a movie buff and an avid reader of books. JoAnn cherished the time spent traveling to Arizona to visit family and spending time with her nieces and nephews and their families.
JoAnn is survived by her husband, Jim Karsten, of Manning; sister Georgia (Rick) Lohrmann of Manning; Jim’s siblings: Jeff (Rita) Karsten of Chandler, Arizona; Jan (Dan) Lorenzen of Manning; Joni (Doug) Summers of Gilbert, Arizona; Mike Rasmussen of Manilla; Joe (Becky) Karsten of Manning; Jason Karsten of Mesa, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Jim’s parents, Wilbur and Marlys Karsten; and sister-in-law Julie Rasmussen.