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Lucille E. Jessen, 92, of Hutchinson

Lucille Jessen
Lucille Emma Jessen, 92, of Hutchinson, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
 
Memorial services were held Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, with the Rev. Mahlon Bekedam officiating. Adline Kottke was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Elmer Jessen was the urn bearer. Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
 
Lucille Emma Jessen was born June 25, 1923, in Nashua, Wilkin County. She was the daughter of Charles John and Clara Elizabeth (Bertram) Fisher. She was baptized as an infant on July 29, 1923, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth in 1950 at Grace Lutheran Church in Sebeka. She received her education in Wadena County.
 
On April 15, 1950, she was united in marriage to Elmer August Jessen in the parsonage of Grace Lutheran Church in Sebeka. Together, they raised four sons, Don, Carl, Elmer and Will. They started their married life in Pengilly. They raised their family in Sebeka and resettled in the early 1970s in Cokato, and later moved to Waverly to live next door to her sister, Alma. They later found a home in Stewart, which served as a lovely home base for family visits and babysitting neighborhood children. Even after Lucille and Elmer relocated to Hutchinson, she watched and cared for children in her home. She stayed in contact with as many families as possible over the following years.  The couple shared 53 years of marriage before Mr. Jessen’s death on Oct. 2, 2003.
 
In addition to being a loving wife and homemaker, Mrs. Jessen helped on the turkey farms near Wadena and Sebeka. She also was as seasonal worker at the Green Giant Corn Processing Plant in Cokato. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart.
She liked to embroider and gave wonderful handmade items to her children. She and her husband also beaded Christmas decorations for many years. Mrs. Jessen felt the greatest joy when family members and friends were visiting. She especially liked cooking a big meal for them all. She loved going through old photos and remembering the past. She would bring them out to show anyone who came to visit.
 
When she needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
She is survived by her sons, Don (Marilyn) Jessen of Wadena, Elmer (Gail) Jessen of Buffalo Lake and Will (Linda) Jessen of Barnum; daughter-in-law, Elaine Brinkman of Grand Forks, North Dakota; grandchildren, Kari (Victor) Macho, Kyle (Bridgette) Jessen, DeElla (Dana) Wilcox, Danielle (Evan) Condry, Liz Jessen, Joshua (Katie) Ide, Sarah (Jerad) Lambert, Timothy Jessen, Jered (Crystal) Jessen and Amanda Jessen; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alma Robinson of Waverly, Dorothy Pachan of Eagle Bend and Clara Duitsman of Worthington; brothers, Robert (Ruth) Fisher of Wadena, Albert (Margaret) Fisher of Nevada and Fernand Fisher of Arizona; many other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Clara Fisher; husband, Elmer August Jessen; son, Carl Jessen; brothers, Charles Fisher and Lester Fisher; and sister, Louisa Carlson.
 
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.