In memory of

JoAnn Lents

December 12, 1932 - May 7, 2020
From: Spokane Valley, WA | Originally: Sac City, IA
JoAnn Lents

JoAnn Lents

Born: December 12, 1932
Died: May 7, 2020
Age: 87
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   JoAnn Lents, age 87 of Spokane Valley, WA, formerly of Sac City, IA, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at MultiCare Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley. Barbara JoAnn Rench was born on December 12, 1932, one of eight children, to parents Vivian “Rod” and Agnes (Clark) Rench in Sac City, IA. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City where she was confirmed in 1954. JoAnn grew up in Sac City where she attended Sac City Community Schools.

   On August 15, 1954, JoAnn married the love of her life, William “Bill” Lents at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City. This union was blessed with two sons, James and Mark. Together, Bill and JoAnn raised their family in Sac City. They, along with other family members, worked at Lent’s Cleaners which was established in 1946 by Bill’s parents. JoAnn also worked at her decor shop that was attached to the Lents Cleaners shop and the two of them owned and operated JoAnn’s Janitorial Service. They cleaned for many area businesses and homeowners. Along with that, they co-managed several apartment buildings in Sac City, Storm Lake, Lake City, and Ida Grove.

   JoAnn was a go-getter. She was someone who could always be counted on to volunteer, especially at church. Bill was a volunteer firefighter so JoAnn always made time to help with the fire department fundraisers and soup suppers. She was also an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. JoAnn was an amazing cook and later on in life was the head cook for the Senior Center in Sac City. She enjoyed this position so much. Being able to see all the folks socialize that otherwise were home alone in their elderly years brought her great joy. JoAnn loved crafting and getting together with her card-club friends. She was always known in town for being there to help anyone who needed it.

   While JoAnn was very much a community-oriented people-person, she was first and foremost devoted to her family. Her family meant everything to her so in 2018, she decided to move to Spokane to live with her son Mark. There, she was able to spend quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren which brought her so much happiness. JoAnn had a bubbly, full of life personality that everyone enjoyed. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.  

   JoAnn leaves behind her son, Mark Lents of Spokane Valley, WA; grandchildren: Dusty (Paige) Lents, Kale (Alee) Lents, and Jamie Rae Lents all of Spokane Valley, WA; great-grandchildren: Aalyah, Miakota, Kingsley, Kiah, and Paisley Lents; sister Marge Jarvis of Sac City, IA; many extended family members and dear friends.

   JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Lents; son James Lents; mother Agnes Rench; father and stepmother Rod and Marie Rench; siblings: Don Rench, DeLoss Rench, Joyce Bailey, Dale Rench, Lois Bennett, and Fred Rench.


Memorial Services will be at a later date.


Monday, July 6, 2020 at 9:57 AM
“Very sorry to hear that your mother passed. Sympathies to you and your family. ”
- Keith Weitzel
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2:08 PM
“Sending my condolences to Mark & all the Family. I remember my teen age years working with her and the other Lents family members, when they had the dry cleaning place. It was so hot in there in the summer time... and your Mom just kept "walking me through" how to do things. I was happy when I finally got my license and they let me do the deliveries and pick ups! She was a great Lady & will be missed by many! Keeping you all in prayers. ”
- Donna (Pickel) Shaw
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:02 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss, and send our condolences! JoAnn was a wonderful gal and friend!”
- Martin & Sharon( Zimmerman) Pearson
Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 10:03 AM
“We always enjoyed speaking with JoAnn at any time. Lived across the street from her and helped her around the house. She was always busy. We will miss her. Love and prayers JoAnn and condolences to the family”
- Rolf and Debra Campbell-Barron
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:51 PM
“I loved JoAnn since the first day I met her! She was always smiling and keeping kids in line by stepping on their toes! She always had a kind word for others. I will miss her dark hair as well as all of the good memories. Cherish your memories”
- Molly Jorgensen
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