Norma J. Thoene
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Norma Jean Thoene, age 56 of Fordyce, NE died on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital due to a long respiratory illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce, Nebraska with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, at church, from 5-7:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, at church, one hour prior to services. To send an online message go to

Pallbearers will be Steven Thoene, Nick Gubbels, Chuck Ryan, Nathan Arens, Jonathon Heimes, and Neal Thoene.

Norma Jean Thoene was born on March 9, 1960 in Crofton, Nebraska to Damian Dennis and Helen E. (Pavelka) Arens. She grew up in the Bow Valley, NE area and graduated from Wynot High School in 1978. Norma worked at M-Tron Industries in Yankton and then married Dan Francis Thoene on June 16, 1979 in Bow Valley. Norma did child care in her home and then worked for Gurney's Seed & Nursery in 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 of Fordyce; son Bryan & wife Jonelle Thoene of Fordyce and their son Marcus "MJ"; daughter Brenda Thoene of Elkhorn, NE; mother Helen Arens of Hartington, two sisters Donna & Danny Heimes of Hartington, and Joan Arens of Frisco, TX; sister-in-law May Lynn Arens; brother-in-law Greg Johnson of Verdigre, NE; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her father, Damian Arens; sister Dolores Johnson in 2007; brother Charles A. Arens on 2/2/16, brother Ronald C. Arens on 2/15/16; sister Bette Hamilton on 3/24/16; brother Roger Arens on 4/11/16.

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I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Norma. She was a great lady and my prayers and support are with all of you!!

Rev. Michael D. Schmitz

I'm so sorry for your loss. "Lord, may the light shine upon her and welcome her up to the kingdom of heaven." My love and prayers to Norma and her entire family.

Cathy Cap

My deepest sympathy on the loss of Norma. We were friends when we were high school age.... Norma was a true friend. May your memories of Norma and your faith in God ease your grief.

Marianne G Guenther

Dan, Bryan and family, and Brenda:

Our prayers and sympathy are with you and your families at this sad time. Norma is suffering no more. She will be missed.

Gerri Guenther and Phyllis White

Our deepest sympathy to Dan, Brenda, Bryan and Jonelle on the loss of someone very dear to you. She was a good friend and very caring person. I do recall all the delicious lemon meringue pies she had made through the years when we were asked to bring pies for our parish dinners and suppers. She did love to bake! Your family is in our prayers and thoughts. God bless you always.

Bonnie and Pete Jansen

Our deepest Sympathy to you all! Know we are thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time!

Heather (Eskens) Underwood & Family

My sympathies to your family. I was able to visit with Norma when I was visiting my Hospice patient. She was a very nice lady.

Deb Beaudette

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