Mary Jenniges, 92, Ellsworth, died Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth.
A funeral Mass was Saturday, June 30, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery.
Mary Ann Moran was born on Dec. 15, 1925, to John and Alvina (Kruse) Moran in Ellsworth. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Mary attended country school and later St. Mary Catholic School graduating in 1943. After graduation, Mary attended Teachers College in Mankato. She taught school in Wanda, where she met Valentine Jenniges.
Mary and Val were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellsworth on Sept. 23, 1948. They lived for a time in Wanda where Val farmed and Mary taught at the Walnut Grove school district. They moved to Ellsworth to work on the land Mary grew up on. Mary taught school at a small country school in Iowa and then at the Ellsworth Public School.
Mary volunteered at Parkview Manor fixing hair and leading the Stations of the Cross during Lent. She also delivered meals on wheels for many years. Mary enjoyed working in her garden, canning, bowling, and playing cards. She was an avid reader and an excellent seamstress. She was proud of her ten gallon pin for donating blood.
Mary is survived by fourteen children, Loretta Froyum, Nancy (Ray) Watson, Tim (Sharon) Jenniges, Mary Beth Buchholz, Joyce (Dave) Potter, Ted (Vickie) Jenniges, Amy (Dennis) Boyenga, Janelle (Jerrold) Folkens, Ray (Julie) Jenniges, June (Steve) Cox, Anne (Keith) Brown, Kay (Tom) Miller, Greg (Julie) Jenniges and Celene (Jary) Holst; 43 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jean (Bill) Deutsch.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Valentine Jenniges; a grandson, Dustin; her parents; two sons-in-law, Jim Froyum and Leonard Buchholz; and seven siblings, Dorothy Moran, Robert Moran, Bernice Linssen, Marjorie Ross, Jason Moran, Catherine Gacke, and Jean Lonneman.
Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Adrian, dingmannandsons.com.