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Jeanne M. Tollefson

Jeanne M. Tollefson

Dec. 20, 1922 - Jan. 16, 2013

SUNBERG - Jeanne M. Tollefson age 90, of Sunburg, died on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg. Burial will be at West Norway Lake Lutheran Cemetery in Sunburg. A visitation will be held from 5-8:00 pm on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg and continue one hour prior to the service.

Jeanne Tollefson was born December 20, 1922, at the family home in Willmar to Louise and Rose Esther (Card) DuHoux. She was baptized at the Willmar Methodist Church and was confirmed as an adult at Vinje Lutheran Church. She attended grades 1-8 at District 45 Country School, graduated from Willmar High School in 1942, and attended the Willmar Business College.

On February 22, 1945, Jeanne was united in marriage to Oliver (Ollie) M. Tollefson. This union was blessed with three sons and two daughters. Together they made their home in the Willmar area. They later moved to a farm near Kerkhoven and then west of Sunburg. In 1969 they purchased the Phillips 66 Station in Sunburg and moved into town to run the family business, Tollefson Oil. Jeanne and Ollie were married for 55 years.

Jeanne enjoyed working outside the home where she could meet new people. She held bookkeeping positions at Gamble Robinson in Willmar and Agricultural Products in New London. She also did the bookkeeping for Tollefson Oil for 38 years. She had a catering business out of her home for several years; sold World Book Encyclopedias; delivered the West Central Tribune for 18 years; and was a counselor at Nutri System in Willmar. She was the top sales lady for World Book in 1959 and won a trip to Chicago to accept her reward. In her later years, Jeanne worked as a senior companion for 8 years and was a volunteer at Glen Oaks Nursing Home.

Jeanne was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg. She was active there as a past treasurer, Sunday school teacher, librarian, and served as a kitchen committee member and bazaar planning committee member. Jeanne’s macaroni salad was a treasured “secret” recipe served every fall for the bazaar. Jeanne was also active in the Conference and Synod of the ELCA. She served as treasurer and was a delegate to the national convention for 4 years. Jeanne was nominated for the Church Basement Lady of The Year award by her church and was very honored to be selected as runner-up in 2008.

Jeanne enjoyed working in the big garden she and Ollie planted every year; she enjoyed coffee parties with her birthday club; she enjoyed telling stories and didn’t leave out the embarrassing details; she enjoyed being organized and didn’t mind “running the show”, she enjoyed the many trips her and Ollie took especially the trips to Norway to visit relatives; but more than anything she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren sledding, playing cards and games, taking walks, baking Norwegian goodies and passing on words of wisdom.

Jeanne is survived by her children LeeVan Tollefson of Texas, Milton (and Gloria) Tollefson of Sunburg, Mark (and Shirley) Tollefson of Lucan; Brenda (and Allen) Sondrol of Sunburg; grandchildren Eric (and Carol) Mitchell, and Megan Tollefson of Sunburg; Thor (and Jenny) Ethan, Olivia, Lillian, and Isabella Tollefson of Ashby; Joshua (and Haley) Leif, Tryg, and Arya Tollefson of LuVerne; Kristina Tollefson of Marshall; Allison (and Christopher) Taylor, and Morgan Spriggs of Chicago, Illinois; and Sallie (and Ron) Graves of Prinsburg. Jeanne is also survived by her twin sister, Jeannette Aasen of Willmar; siblings, Joey Werder of Willmar; Rose Weaslo of North Branch; Jim DuHoux of Kandiyohi.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband Oliver in 2000; her daughter Barbara in 1975; her parents and three siblings.

Johnson & Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, New London