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Marjeret Dean, age 97, of Willmar, passed away Monday evening, Feb. 1, at the Scandia House in Willmar.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Peterson Funeral Home in Willmar. A private celebration of life service will follow the visitation at Calvary Lutheran Church. Interment will be at the Spicer City Cemetery. www.petersonbrothers.com
Marjeret was born on March 9, 1923, in Erickson Township, Renville County, Minnesota, the daughter of Theodore and Grace (Becker) Eekhoff. She grew up in Clara City until the age of 14, when they moved to Maynard and later graduated from Maynard High School. She attended Lee’s Beauty School in St. Paul. In 1943, she returned to Willmar and worked as a waitress at Marie’s Lunch, B & C Café and John’s Café. On November 29, 1945, Marjeret was united in marriage to Floyd L. Dean. They made their home in Spicer until 1954 when they moved to Willmar. She worked as a waitress at the Bowling Alley. From 1957 to 1959, Marjeret owned and operated the Friendly Store in Willmar. In 1959, they moved to Sunburg. Marjeret then worked at the Sunburg Creamery, the Wonderall Factory in Willmar and in housekeeping at the Holiday Inn and Rice Memorial Hospital. She worked hard all her life and retired in 1988. Marjeret was an active member of West Norway Lake Lutheran Church in Sunburg where she taught Sunday school for over 20 years. After moving to Willmar, they joined Calvary Lutheran Church and was active in ladies aide and the women's church quilters group.
She is survived by her four children; Sheldon (Judy) Dean of Slayton, Billie Dean of Eugene OR., Frances (Robert) Walz of Shakopee and Bradley (Jolene) Dean of Willmar; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Ardis Eekhoff of Montevideo, besides other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd in 1998; one son, James Dean in 2013; seven brothers, Willie, Hank, Frederick, Peter, Elroy, Loyis and Doyle Eekhoff and three sisters, Helene Gehrke, Marie Schellenbarger and Lucille Eeckhoff who died at birth.
Dear Sheldon, Billie, Fran and Brad:Your wonderful mother was given 97 years of life in this world and she is now going to enjoy eternal life with God our father made possible through the sacrifice of his son, our Lord Jesus Christ.We are sorry we can't be there to share memories and offer our support but know that we have fond memories of my Aunt Marj.Steve and Lois Gehrke
Steve Gehrke Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Sheldon, Billie, Fran and Brad:Your wonderful mother was given 97 years in this world and will now spend eternity with our loving God and father made possible through the sacrifice of his son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Steve and Lois Gehrke Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I feel blessed to be a recipient of some of Marjeret's beautiful, hand stitched tea towels. From the memories you have shared with us I know she was a wonderful lady and will be missed. I do think her kindness and stubbornness lives on in her son Brad.With love, Tori and John Tiernan
Tori & John Tiernan Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Family of Aunt Marj, Be assured that Marj is now in the company of Heaven and rejoicing in the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord! There is a celebration welcoming her to eternal life! Amen!Wes and Joy Shellenbarger, Lance and Virgene Shellenbarger and Families
Wes and Joy Shellenbarger, Lance and Virgene Shellenbarger and Families Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM