JoAnn P. "Jody" Henningsen (Peterson)
JoAnn “Jody” P. Henningsen
Jody Henningsen, 83, wife of the late Tom Henningsen and a long time resident of Atlantic, passed away at Heritage House on Wednesday afternoon, January 1, 2014, in Atlantic, Iowa.
JoAnn was born the daughter of Paul and Ozella Peterson in Essex, Iowa on January 2, 1931. She grew up and attended high school in Shenandoah, Iowa. Singing was always her great joy and she was honored when, as a freshman in high school, she was selected to sing in a competition that would take her on her 1st train ride to Florida. She was delighted to return home with a winning medal. Her love for music continued throughout her life.
Having settled in Atlantic with her family, Jody became a Girl Scout leader & chaperoned her troop to Washington DC. Many folks will remember her working at Cole's Jewelry; and as part owner of The 7 Trunks Antique Shop. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, where she joined The Tug Boats and sang in the choir. She also performed in Jaycee musicals.
Jody was married to Tom Henningsen on January 24, 1969. They lived in Atlantic and The Bahamas. She had a love of travel, sailing and was an avid gardener with an abundance of veggies and flowers when summer rolled around. She was "The Hostess with the Mostess" and “First Mate” to husband, Tom.
Jody was an animal lover & her ToJo brought her great joy. She became active in visiting the Atlantic Animal Shelter where she rescued many a dog & cat & volunteered to snuggle and walk homeless pets.
She will be remembered by her family and friends for her generosity, kindness, passion for life and her bright smile!
Jody's survivors include her daughters, Karla Dally of Rancho Mirage, CA, and Robyn Uehling of Orlando, FL; other family members, Mike Henningsen and wife, Kathy of Atlantic and their three children, Ann Nellis and husband, Jason, and their son, Owen, Beth Henningsen & Brad Henningsen and wife, Kendra; Lynn Sparks of Wellington, FL, and her son, Jay and wife, Megan Schroeder and their children, Ryan and Elizabeth and Lynn's daughter, Christa Sparks; and Christy Shane of Stuart, Fl, and her daughter, Danielle Giurlani; and Jody's sister, Charlotte Markt of Rancho Mirage, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom; and siblings, Darlene Youngberg, Rosie Scheibeler and Paul Peterson Jr.
There will be a Memorial Service for Jody at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 7, at First United Presbyterian Church in Atlantic. Jody's Family will Meet Friends on Monday, January 6, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. There will be a Private Family Committal Service at Atlantic Cemetery. Open Visitation will be held from 8:00 to 5:30 Friday, January 3; 9:00 to 12:00 PM Saturday, January 4; Sunday, January 5, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, and Monday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at Atlantic Golf and Country Club following the memorial service.
Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic, Iowa is caring for Jody’s family and the arrangements. Condolences and Lighting of Candles may be left in her guest book at www.rolandfuneralservice.com
JoAnn "Jody" P. Henningsen
Born January 2, 1931
Entered Into Rest
January 1, 2014,
at the age of
One o'clock PM, January 7, 2014
First United Presbyterian Church
Pastor Holly Smith
First United Presbyterian Church
Randall Breckerbaumer, vocalist
Maxine Lyons, organist
"The Lord's Prayer"
Mike Henningsen Brad Henningsen
Jason Schroeder Myles Pritchard Chris Sparks
Arnie & Vicki Leistad
Dave & Laurie Knudsen
Private family committal
prior to the Memorial Service
Atlantic Cemetery Atlantic, Iowa
Memorials may be made to:
Alzheimer's Foundation or
Atlantic Animal Shelter