Joanne Herber Ronning
1934 - 2020

Joanne H. (Stole) Ronning


Joanne Herber (Stole) Ronning, daughter of Aalvald (A.B.) and Blanche (Stueland) Stole was born August 30, 1934, in Kahnawha, Iowa.

Joanne shared her gifts of love, laughter and music with many camp staff, students, nursing home residents and congregations. She loved life and always looked for the good in people and lifted them up. Her faith in God and her attitude of gratitude were part of her shining personality. One of her classmates at Waldorf College wrote in her yearbook: "To know her is to love her, and everybody knows her".

Survivors include her three children and their families, David Ronning of Des Moines, IA; Ruthie Parrish of Glenwood Springs, CO, and her children Alexander and Victoria; Mary (Mark) Joarnt of St. Louis Park, MN and their children Andrew and Nathan. Additional survivors include her sister Vivian Landvik of Port Angeles, WA, sister-in-law Cathy Hjelmaas of Eugene, OR, and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Mark Ronning, her parents, her stepfather Carsten Ronning, her brother John Stole, and her sister Doris Sunwall.

Joanne died peacefully at Emerald Crest of Minnetonka on September 16, 2020. Mary was by her side, and David and Ruthie serenaded her into heaven by singing some favorite hymns to her (via speaker phone from Iowa and Colorado).

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Memorial Gifts in Joanne's name may be given to:

Emerald Crest of Minnetonka, Minnetonka, MN

Good Samaritan Society, Forest City, IA

Metigoshe Ministries, Bottineau, ND

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Published by Globe Gazette on Sep. 20, 2020.
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Sending our condolences to Ruthie, Mary and David, as well as the rest of the family. Many blessings from the Turtle Mountains, ND
Henry and Sandy Hagen
September 30, 2020
My sympathy and prayers to all of Joanne's family. She was such a great friend from our growing up years. Along with SS, church, youth group, we were confirmed together. Then we were roommates at Waldorf College the first year. She was full of talent and fun, and I thank God for her friendship. May God bless her memory.
Thelma Bang
September 22, 2020
Joanne, your friendship my first months at Waldorf was such a blessing. I knew I was going to love Waldorf if people like you were there. You were truly a walking spiritual gift. I will miss you always. Love you forever.
Ben Allaway
September 22, 2020
Jo mom one of the best people I met at Waldorf. Some people just leave an impact on your life forever. She was one of them. RIH
Angie Akenson
September 21, 2020
Joanne is finally with her soulmate Mark. We have never been as blessed by any family as the Ronnings
Peggy and John Christianson
September 20, 2020
My sympathies to your family. My dad lives in the house where Joanne was. I enjoyed her very much when visiting dad there. I was impressed by her singing and her knowledge of hymns! We learned of her passing from the obituary in the Globe Gazette. My mom lives in Clear Lake, and, very coincidentally, my husband is from Khanawa. Blessings as you grieve and also as you celebrate her life. I will miss seeing her when I visit my dad.
Julie Scharnhorst
September 20, 2020
Mrs Ronning was one of my favorite teachers. Her love of life and her gift to make people happy and feel good about themselves will be missed.
Mel McNea
September 20, 2020
Joanne was so positive and yet so real during the time I knew her as the hall director at Waldorf College. She shined a bright light at the darkest of times and reminded us how important we were when we doubted ourselves. God bless, faithful servant.
Michael White
September 20, 2020
In my time there has been a few people who have put a mark on my heart and Joanne was one
Mark Amsbaugh
September 20, 2020
Jo-Mom will be dearly missed! She was an amazing choir director at Waldorf but more importantly a wonderful mom away from home! =•
Renae Hemingway
September 20, 2020
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September 20, 2020
Roy Flieth
September 20, 2020
She was an angle on earth! She touched many of us through the church ministry! Love d you and will miss you ="!
Roy Flieth
September 20, 2020
God Bless the memory of JoAnne. My sincere sympathy to family & friends.
Claudia Boettcher
September 20, 2020
Thanks for sharing your mom with us.
Johnny Martin
September 20, 2020
Your Mom was such a inspiration to me as a young gal growing up and going to church at Lake Metigoshe. So sorry for your loss.
Helen Dahlberg Otto
September 20, 2020