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April 2, 2013

Jo Ann Thorne

Jo Ann “Jo” Thorne, 82, of Thornton, Colo., passed away Feb. 22, 2013, in Northglenn, Colo.

Jo was born in Fairmont to Claude and Ruth Arnett on Sept. 13, 1930.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Thorne.

Jo is survived by her sons, Ken (Carmen) of Thornton, and Kim (Patti) of Highlands Ranch; and grandchildren, Kyle, Courtney, Adam and Jake.

Jo was a Thornton city council member from January 1986 to November 2005, mayor pro tem from 2001-05. She was on numerous boards including parks and open space advisory board, Stapleton N.O.I.S.E Action Committee, board of directors of the Agency for A Clean Thornton, Thornton Utilities Board, Thornton City Center Association, and council rep/chairman of the board of directors North Metro Fire Rescue Authority.

Additionally, she served on the Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee, Airport Noise Forum, Airport Coordinating Committee, Council Liaison to Building Code Advisory Board, National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.), serving as vice president and president; and National League of Cities Transportation Policy Committee.

No services will occur at her request. Following cremation, Jo’s ashes will be given to her sons, who will follow her wishes.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the American Lung Association at

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