Joanna Mensink, 53, of rural Spring Valley

Joanna Mensink

Joanna Elaine Mensink, 53, of rural Spring Valley, died peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2019, surrounded by her family and friends. 

Joanna was born May 1, 1965, in Dixon, Ill., to Roberta and John Smith, Sr.  Joanna and her family settled in Minnesota in 1992. On June 3, 1995, Joanna married Brent Mensink at Saetersdal Lutheran Church in Harmony.  Together they united their families and raised three children and many animals.

She enjoyed sewing, camping, fishing, gardening, crafting, collecting, cooking and entertaining family and friends. Joanna had a special love and bond for animals and would have stories to tell about all of them. Joanna worked as a cook, housekeeper and caregiver. She will be best known for her spunk, strength and perseverance. 

Joanna is survived by her husband, Brent Mensink, rural Spring Valley; two daughters, Amber Thompson (Dan Erdman) and Jennifer Mensink, both of Spring Valley; a son, Steven (Mandy) Mensink of Austin; 13 grandchildren; a brother, Jacob Smith, Alta Vista, Iowa; a sister, Dolly (Rick) Hovey, Lime Springs, Iowa; father and mother in-law, Marlo and Janice Mensink, Preston; sister in-law, Andrea (Steve) Atwood, Spring Valley; brother-in-law, Derek Mensink (Rachel Bishop), Lino Lakes Minn.; sister in-law, Natalie (Jeff) Atwood, Spring Valley and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, several aunts and uncles, cousins and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. at Saetersdal Lutheran Church, 21477 County 30, Harmony. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the family.