Funeral services for Judith C. Joens, 80, were conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Monday, March 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Arlington Heights Cemetery in Audubon. Casket bearers were her grandsons: Jesse Burr, Dustin Burr, Brent Chambers, Matt Chambers, Matt Holmgren and Robbie Joens. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
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Judith Carol Joens, the daughter of Charles Field and Sara Lenore Coppess Schoonover, was born Aug. 14, 1930 in Gary, Ind., and died March 17, 2011 at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 80 years, 7 months, and 3 days.
Judy was confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Guthrie Center. She attended Guthrie Center Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1948. Following graduation she was employed at Chase Grocery as well as the Five and Dime in Guthrie Center where she met Paul, the love of her life.
On May 29, 1949 she was united in marriage to Paul W. Joens at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Five children Dennis, Paulette, Kim, Jerry and Tena were born to this union. They lived in rural Audubon and Judy was a homemaker raising their children. In 1962, they moved to Audubon. Judy was employed at the local grocery stores for several years. She then worked in Manning at Nelson Manufacturing and later worked at General Electric in Carroll for over twenty years until she retired. During retirement they did some traveling and enjoyed going to auctions. Paul died April 15, 2002. Judy enjoyed her home until she moved to the Friendship Home in Audubon, in July of 2010.
Judy was member of the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. She loved to go to auctions, garage sales, and collect glassware. She enjoyed her home and her beautiful yard. She was a member of many card clubs and enjoyed her many social activities. She enjoyed her circle of friends but most of all she loved her family.
Preceding her in death is her husband Paul W. Joens; her granddaughter Heather Joens; her infant grandson; her parents; her sister Phyllis Morgan; and her brother Melvin Schoonover.
Judy is survived by her children: Dennis and wife Laurel Joens of Buffalo Center; Paulette and husband Ron Chambers of Hamlin; Kim and husband Mark Holmgren of Waskish, Minn.; Jerry and wife Theresa Joens of Exira; Tena and husband Dez Larson of Kennard, Neb.; her grandchildren: Amy Denny; Melissa and husband Gene Nowatzke all of Audubon; Jesse and wife Mindy Burr of Waukee; Bridget Schrader; Matthew and wife Heather Chambers; Dustin and wife Jenn Burr; Brent Chambers all of Audubon; Sara and husband Nate Hoffner of Melrose, Minn.; Matt Holmgren of St. Cloud, Minn.; Ashley Joens and Robbie Joens both of Exira; and Desiree Larson of Omaha, Neb.; 22 great-grandchildren; her sister Kathy and husband Harold Harvey of Des Moines; her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Grace Donnelly of Stuart; Glenn and wife Ruby Joens of Des Moines; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Mar. 31, 2011