Joanna Ahrendt, 66, Minot, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Joanna Harvey was born Oct. 14, 1946, the daughter of James and Ethel (Edwards) Harvey, in Woodruff, S.C. She was raised in Greenville, S.C, Anchorage, Alaska, Loring Air Force Base, Maine, and Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C. She graduated from Greenville High School.
She then attended Clemson University, where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in organic chemistry.
Joanna married Dale Ahrendt July 24, 1978, in Winnweiler, Germany. Due to Dale's military service, they resided at several Air Force bases throughout the world. They included: Sumter, S.C., Sembach AFB, Germany; Waldorf, Md., and Minot AFB.
Along with their children they traveled throughout Europe, including France, East Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Spain, and the Czech Republic.
She enjoyed her various travels, eating new foods, her games and puzzles, gardening, taking care of her dogs, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her family was the most important part of her life. After growing up as an only child, she dedicated years to researching her whole family history, including visiting grave sites throughout the United States.
Surviving family includes: husband of 34 years, Dale, Minot; son, Christopher (Jennifer) Ahrendt, Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Elisabeth (Jerry) Skaggs, of Ward, Ark., Susan Ahrendt-Ronnie (Chad Ronnie), Velva, and Jessica Ahrendt (Brad Bowyer), East Grand Forks, Minn.; grandchildren, Daniel Ahrendt, Ryan Giglio, Michael Orlen, Ryley, Morgan, Sean, Ashlee Ronnie, Lily Bowyer, and a grandson due in March of 2013.
Joanna was preceded in death by her father, James Harvey, and mother, Ethel Simmons.
Memorial service: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register book on Saturday, one hour prior to the service, at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to Autism Speaks.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).