Jennie Judith Claussen

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Jennie Judith Claussen

Jennie Judith Claussen
June 25, 1919 - May 3, 2017

Jennie Judith Claussen, age 97, of Benson, Minn., died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church of Grace in Chippewa County.  Interment will be in the Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church of Grace Cemetery.

Jennie Judith Claussen was born June 25, 1919, to John and Anna (Halaas) Lee, on a farm on the north shore of Buffalo Lake in Louriston Township near Benson, MN.

Jennie attended country school at District 45 and graduated from Benson High School.

Jennie was baptized and confirmed at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church.  On September 14, 1940, Jennie was united in marriage to George Claussen in rural DeGraff by Reverend Nesheim.  This union was blessed with seven children.  They lived on a farm in Woods Township, rural Raymond, until about 1945 when they moved to the John Bosch farm in Grace Township.  They farmed there until the early 1980’s.

During those years, she enjoyed family time, gardening, canning, sewing, and encouraged her children in a multitude of ways.  She participated wholeheartedly at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church with her family and served in Altar Guild and Ladies Aid.  After her youngest child started kindergarten, she started working at Wonderall in Willmar sewing fuzzy coats and slippers.  This job was followed by many years of working at the Benson Fingerhut.  She enjoyed traveling with friends and family once her children were grown.

After moving to Benson in 1982, she went back to school in her early 60’s and became a certified nursing assistant.  Following a couple of years of doing home care, she began a new career working with her sons at Redball in Benson.  She was a steady presence there for 25 years until she retired a second time.

She enjoyed crocheting something for every family member, reading multiple newspapers, and studying natural healing.  Jennie was blessed by abundant visits from family and friends during her last few years at Bethesda Grand in Willmar where she passed away May 3, 2017.

Jennie is survived by her brother, Albert Lee of Coss Bay, OR, and her children:  Beatrice (Richard) Olsen of Benson, MN, Delores Walstrom (Ed Anderson) of New London, MN, Robert (Helen) Claussen, Benson, MN, Steven (Kathy) Claussen of Glenwood, MN, Stanley (Katherine) Claussen of Montevideo, MN, Ronald (Mary) Claussen of Montevideo, MN, and Karen Pavel of Lindstrom, MN, as well as 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Melvin Lee, Bertha Tjosaas, Ellen Bosch, Joel Lee (infant), Agnes Barrett, and Joseph Lee.

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