Jo Olson McNurlen

  • Born: June 29, 1947
  • Died: April 6, 2013
  • Location: Grinnell, Iowa

Smith Funeral Home

1103 Broad Street
P.O. Box 368
Grinnell, IA 50112
Tel. (641) 236-3134

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jo McNurlen,65, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at her home.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Keith Morrison, chaplain of Grinnell Regional Hospice, officiating. Casket Bearers will be Bryan Fank, Andrew Walter, Jacob Schmitz, Ryan Gersdorf, Brad Nelson, Russ Landuyt, Dave Crawford and Brian Oliver. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Friends may call at the funeral home beginning 12:00 noon on Tuesday and the family will be present at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Memorials may be directed to the Jo McNurlen Memorial Fund.

Jo was born on June 29, 1947, in Grinnell, Iowa to Myles and Beulah Slaven Olson. She was raised in Grinnell and attended Grinnell schools.

On December 3, 1963, she was united in marriage to Dennis McNurlen in Montezuma. The couple lived in Grinnell and were married for 49 years. She was a homemaker and mother of six children as well as an employee of Friendship Manor, the Mayflower Community and the Eagles Club. For the past 20 years she was employed at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

Jo was a member of the Grinnell Eagles Club Auxiliary and the Red Hat Lady Bug Society. She enjoyed collecting angels, traveling to see grottos, needle work and spending time with her family. She loved making paper dolls and then playing with these dolls with her sisters and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis McNurlen of Grinnell, IA; four daughters, Kelli (Tom) Walter of Grinnell, IA, Terri(Norm) Bogunia of Kettering, Ohio, Bobbi McNurlen of Cedar Rapids, IA and Billi Keller of Marshalltown, IA; two sons, James (Kimberly) McNurlen and Jeff McNurlen, both of Grinnell, IA; six grandchildren, Tobbie Walter of Chicago, IL, Jessica Walter of Ankeny, IA, Andrew Walter of Grinnell, IA, Bryan (Carrie) Fank of Littleton, Colorado, Jacob Schmitz and Alyssa Schmitz, both of Cedar Rapids, IA ; one great granddaughter, Michelle Burkett of Chicago, IL; and three sisters, Kay Jack of Ankeny, IA, Joyce (Ron) Bryan of Oskaloosa, IA and Judy (Gary) Jones of Pensacola, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Allison Jo Schmitz.

Condolence & Memory Journal


So sorry to hear about Jo!! She was a sweetheart!

Posted by Lorna (Diehm) Pollock - friend   April 30, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It's really hard, I know. I wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and hope that prayers and time will help you heal.

Posted by Stacey Storms - Trivoli, IL - friend   April 25, 2013

my prayers go out to you all

Posted by jon neeley - des moines, IA   April 11, 2013


I had the pleasure of working with Jo at the Mayflower and growing up with Mc Nurlens everywhere! I send my strength to the family and smile when I think of her.

Posted by Julie Gipson - Friend   April 11, 2013


Jo was a special friend. Her strength, her insight, her integrity and her grace were an inspiration. She will be missed. Denny, Jimmy, Kay, Steve, Brenda, Lisa, Cindy and family, may God grant you peace and comfort knowing she made the world a better place and she suffers no more.

Posted by lacene kammerer - friend   April 10, 2013

So very sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all the family.

Posted by Dan McCulley - Omaha, NE - Friend to Jeff   April 10, 2013

Jo is now soaring with the Angels and running in the wind as she now has her wings and left her aching body and wheelchair on earth! I will miss you so much Jo, and give hugs to Mom, Beu, Oley, Guy, and all our family in heaven! Goodbye till we meet again! Love you! Kay

Posted by Kay Jack - Ankeny, IA - sister   April 09, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time.

Laurel and Shelly Pollock

Posted by Shelly Pollock - Belton, MO - friend   April 09, 2013




My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I was so plessed to have Jo as a friend. I have so many wonderful and fun memories of Jo through out the past 50+ years. Jo was a very special lady who always had a smile. She will be missed by many. Love you Jo!!

Posted by Valarie Cowan Thompson - Friend   April 09, 2013


Billi and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much she meant to you! My prayers and thought are with you!

Posted by Michelle Zeran - Friend to Billi   April 08, 2013


Denny & the rest of Jo's family, I am so sorry to hear of Jo's passing. The times without her will be hard, but the memories of her will always be there to comfort you. I have a picture of Mom(Emma) on my fridge and smile when I see her smiling at me. It is bittersweet but it gets better with time. I have a memory of Dad(Ray) everytime I make coffee. He used to come over to have coffee and talk, one day I was having a hard time seperating the filters and he said blow on it, that will make it come apart. Remember those memories to get you through. Love to all of you, Your Cousin Mary Kelly & hubby Danny Williams

Posted by heymaw55 - Cousin   April 08, 2013


I will hold the wonderful memories of Jo close to my heart always. She was one of a kind. Sorry for your loss. with deep heart felt sorrow, Annie Criswell

Posted by Ruthann VanVark - friend   April 08, 2013


My prayers and sympathy go out to Jo's family.

God Bless

Posted by Linda Reed Rice - Friend   April 08, 2013

To the McNurlen and Olson girls,
I am so sorry to hear of Jo's passing. She was a fighter.
I have many fond memories of us playing together when we were young.
God be with you all.

Posted by Loma Pickens Pinkerton - Grinnell, IA - friend   April 08, 2013

To the McNurlen family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Jo. She was a fun, loving person. Prayer to you all.
Peggy Hudnutt Guyer
Mary Ann Hudnutt

Posted by peggy hudnutt Guyer - grinnell, IA - friend   April 07, 2013