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Jennice C. Skarpness

Aug. 4, 1913 - Jan. 19, 2008 BROOTEN -- Jennice Capitolla Skarpness, 94, of rural Brooten died Saturday at Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood. The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Lake Johanna Church in, rural Brooten. Visitatio...

Aug. 4, 1913 - Jan. 19, 2008

BROOTEN -- Jennice Capitolla Skarpness, 94, of rural Brooten died Saturday at Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Lake Johanna Church in, rural Brooten.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Private family burial will be in the spring at West Lake Johanna Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Brooten.

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She was born Aug. 4, 1913, in Gilchrist Township, Pope County, to Theodore and Sophie (Hellerud) Anderson. Her father died when she was 5. They moved to Brooten. Then they moved back to the farm and farmed. She graduated in 1931 from Brooten High School. She graduated as a teacher in 1932, from normal training in Glenwood. She taught in rural schools in Pope, Kandiyohi and Swift counties.

She married Joseph Skarpness on June 26, 1936. They lived in Madison, where they operated a gas station. In 1939, they purchased a farm in Lake Johanna Township, Pope County, where they farmed. She was a homemaker. She also worked part time as a substitute teacher at Brooten Elementary School. Joseph died in 1989. In 2002, she moved in with her son, Jerry. In November, she moved to Glenwood Retirement Village due to her deteriorating health.

She was a member of West Lake Johanna Lutheran Church, where she was in the central ladies aid, taught Sunday school and sang in a ladies trio for 40 years.

She is survived by her sons: Gene and Jerry, both of Brooten; two grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989, two sisters and one brother.

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