Eleanor “Jean” Jergenson, age78, of Glenwood

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Eleanor “Jean” Jergenson, age78, of Glenwood died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 6, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, Minnesota with Pastor Gary Brandenburg officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday at the church and will resume one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.  Inurnment will be in the Rolling Forks Cemetery in Pope County, Minnesota.  Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. 

Eleanor Jean Jergenson was born on May 16, 1935 in Forada, Minnesota, to Floyd Clemens and Dorothy Ruth (Alm) VanAmber.  She was the eldest of four children.  Jean was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Villard.   She attended Forada area country school, Villard High School and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1953.  On April 16, 1955, Jean was united in marriage to Glen DuWayne Jergenson at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria.   They lived on the Jergenson family farm in Rolling Forks Township.    Jean was a dedicated housewife and mother, raising their five children.  She also enjoyed being a farmwife and spent many hours helping Glen with the farm work.
 
Jean was active in Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, having held many offices on the church council and WELCA, as well as regularly attending Circle meetings.   She and Glen were former members of the Chapter #129 Order of the Eastern Star, having served as past Worthy Matron and Patron.  Her hobbies included reading, needlework, family activities and especially her grandchildren.
 
On December 31, 2008, Jean suffered a debilitating stroke and recovered at St Cloud Hospital and Glenwood Retirement Home.  She and Glen lived at Ridgewood Villa in Glenwood for a time and eventually moved back to the farm.  She lived at the farm until October, 2012 when she entered Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.  While a resident at Knute Nelson, Jean was very content and made many special friends.   She received excellent care and enjoyed many of the staff. 

Jean will be greatly missed by her family. She is survived by Glen, her husband of 58 years, children Kim (Kimberly) Jergenson of Marshall, Brian (Laura) Jergenson of Glenwood, Cindy (Stephen) VanLuik of Alexandria, Darby (Bill) Bowen of Glenwood and Jill (Brian) Kent of East Bethel.   She is also survived by her grandchildren: Ryan (Carol) Jergenson of Fargo, Joseph Jergenson of Brainerd, Taylor Jergenson of Bloomington, Collin Jergenson of Bloomington, Lisa (Matt) Wourms of Moorhead, Aric (Elizabeth) Bowen of Glenwood, Angela (Nathan) Jenniges of Brooten, Jenna Kent and Jaelynn Kent of East Bethel;  five great- grandchildren, Zane Jergenson of Fargo, Eric and Aidan Bowen of Glenwood, and Truman and Teagan Jenniges of Glenwood.   Jean is also survived by her sister, Gayle Johnson of Alexandria; brother, Glenn VanAmber of Alexandria; sister-in-law, Carol VanAmber of Amery, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, brother Darrel VanAmber, brother-in-law David Johnson, and niece Melissa Johnson.

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