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In Memory of JoAnn McKenzie

Gathering of Family and Friends

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday July 21, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Prayer Service

6:45 pm
Wednesday July 21, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

JoAnn Elizabeth McKenzie, age 79 of Roberts, formerly of Houlton, passed away June 23, 2021 at The Deerfield Gables in New Richmond.

JoAnn was born November 19, 1941 in Duluth, MN to James and Jean (Ronning) Larsen. She grew up in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul, and graduated from Monroe High Schools in 1959. JoAnn was united in marriage to Wayne McKenzie on February 1, 1964, in St. Paul, MN, and the couple was blessed with three children. The family resided in Houlton, WI, where JoAnn and Wayne would stay for 40 years before relocating to Roberts. JoAnn worked as a teller at First National Bank in Hudson before becoming a Tax Clerk with Washington County.

JoAnn loved her family and truly relished spending time with her grandchildren; cherishing all the moments and memories they had together. She was fond of traveling, and especially enjoyed visits to Mexico. JoAnn and Wayne loved spending time at their cabin in Luck, WI with regular visits from family and friends. When she was at home, JoAnn passed the time with sewing projects, including blankets for all her beloved grandchildren.

JoAnn will remain in the hearts of her children, Cheryl (Jeff) Olsen of Stillwater, MN, Scott McKenzie of Hudson, and Jerry (Tammy) McKenzie of Hudson; grandchildren, Meghan (Trevor) Olsen-Trombley of South St. Paul, MN, Lauren and Ryan Olsen of Stillwater, MN; Max and Rachel McKenzie of Hudson, Kaitlyn (Konnor) Merchak of Hudson; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents, James and Jean Larsen; and brother, Thomas Larsen.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a short prayer service at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21st, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S, 11th St., Hudson, WI. JoAnn’s family would like to graciously thank the staff at The Deerfield for their love and kindness while providing wonderful care and support.

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    • Beautiful, kind, sensitive, loving, sincere, thoughtful. All these words only start to describe what a wonderful person Jo Ann was. Grieve and morn each in your own way for your loss of this wonderful person, BUT be happy and celebrate her life and the special way she fit into yours. God took her home to be with Him and all of her family and friends who went before her. She can be happy now without pain and sorrow. Always keep her in that special place in your heart reserved for people you love and who love you.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. JoAnn trained me when we worked at FNB together. She was such a great friend and smart lady. She loved each and every one of you so much. Her suffering is over and I’m sure happy to be reunited with your Dad again. God bless all of you.