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E. Joanne Nekola

E. Joanne Nekola, 73, Fargo, died Sunday, April 6, 2008, in Palliative Care - MeritCare, Fargo. Services will be held at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, April 9, with visitation from 6-7 in the New Horizons Manor, 2525 Broadway, Fargo. Burial will be on Friday, April 11, in the Graceland Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa.

Eunice "Joanne" Hansen was born Jan. 14, 1935, to Carl and Elizabeth (Rasmussen) Hansen at Jackson, Neb. She grew up in Jackson and graduated from Waterbury, Nebraska High School in 1952 and then attended Business College at Sioux City, Iowa. She married William Nekola and they resided in Omaha, Neb., where she lived from 1958 until 2004, at which time she moved to New Horizons in Fargo. She worked as a medical transcriptionist at the Veteran's Hospital and Bergan Mercy, both of Omaha.

Joanne is survived by three sons, Robert (Michelle), West Fargo; Karl (Lori), Omaha, Neb.; David (Heather), Fargo; one daughter, Lisa Sheppard, Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Betty O'Neil, Onawa, Iowa; Martha Albrecht, Ponca, Neb.; Cecille Hansen, Sioux City, Iowa; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William, brothers, Kenneth and Warren Hansen.

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(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)