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Marie Janssen

Marie J. Janssen, age 96, of Willmar, died Tuesday morning, December 22, at Miriam Manor Assisted Living in Sunburg.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Interment will be at Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, December 28, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Marie Johanna Janssen was born July 1, 1919, on the family farm in Plymouth County near LeMars, Iowa, the daughter of Ulrich and Anna (Lubben) Kock. She grew up on the family farm with her three brothers and two sisters and attended Elgin Township School. Marie was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in LeMars. On September 19, 1936, she was united in marriage to William H. Janssen, and they were blessed with four children. The Janssen's made their home in Merrill, Iowa until 1948, when they moved to Willmar, Minnesota due to William's transfer of employment with the Great Northern Railway.

Marie was a hard worker and worked several years at Allstate Hatchery in Willmar before serving over 20 years as a Foster Grandparent at Willmar Regional Treatment Center. She received the President's Call to Service Award in 2004. Fresh baked goods were always enjoyed at her home, with Special K bars being the favorite. Later in years, Marie crafted a quilt using William's and her sons' suit pants for fabric. She enjoyed writing letters, was quite the bowler, and loved the competition of playing cards (usually being the winner of a game of Kings in the Corner). Living next to a park in Willmar's Sperryville, Marie initiated her own "litter pick-up" there and at Robbins Island, for which she proudly received a thank you from the City of Willmar Park and Recreation Department. She was also a member of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society for many years. Marie enjoyed the lifetime passes on Burlington Railway and Delta Airlines. She traveled to Seattle and to Germany to visit relatives and other European countries.

She is survived by her children, Norman Janssen (and special friend Ellie Frank) of Cleveland, Wallace Janssen of Willmar, Carolyn (and John) Swanson of Spicer, and William J. (and Janet) Janssen of Mankato. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, one sister, Margaret Pecks of LeMars, Iowa and one sister-in law, Gladys Kock of LeMars, Iowa, besides other relatives and friends here and other European countries.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William in 1976, one sister, Irene Lee, four brothers, Gerhard, John, Harm and Clarence Kock, three nieces and one nephew.

Cemetery Details

Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery
3003 8th Avenue NE
Willmar, MN, 56201


DEC 28. 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


DEC 29. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Vinje Lutheran Church

1101 Willmar Avenue SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201



DEC 29. 01:00 PM

Vinje Lutheran Church

1101 Willmar Avenue SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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My great grandmother was one of the strongest women I know both physically and spiritually. She had a personality that would never keep you down and always had a smile on her face. My last visit with her ended with something I'll think about for many years. She hugged me with the strength of three women and refused to let go. Perhaps she knew that it would be her last time seeing me, but I know in my heart that this is just a step to a better life in Heaven. May she rest in peace with our heavenly Father. She will be missed by many.

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