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Jean Wegner, 85, of Vining, MN, died on Friday, March 10, 2023, at the Pioneer Cottages in Fergus Falls, under the care of Knute-Nelson Hospice, and surrounded by family.
Jean Audrey Boelter was born October 23, 1937, in Springfield, Minnesota. Her parents were Harold and Ruth (Weber) Boelter. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake, MN. Jean attended St. Luke’s Lutheran Parochial School for eight years where she sang in the choir and was the top of her class of seven. She graduated from Wood Lake High School in Wood Lake, MN.
While Dick was home on leave she met her future husband Dick “Homer” outside of a dance hall. They started writing letters back and forth. Grandpa Boelter was an old school German farmer and was not impressed that his daughter was dating an older (by four years) sailor. On February 9, 1957 on a blizzardy day Dick and Jean were married. The newlyweds moved to Medicine Lake outside of Minneapolis. They lived in what was an old cabin on the lake. After having two children Thomas and Geraldine they moved to St Louis Park before their child Richard was born. Dick continued to work for John Deere in the warehouse. They later moved to Bloomington where Jean worked as a school cook while also faithfully raising their three children. Once their kids graduated they moved to Apple Valley, MN where Jean worked as a Title Insurance Agent. After retiring they sold their house in Apple Valley bought a house in Vining Minnesota and a little later bought a winter home in Mercedes Texas. They were winter Texans until 2018 when Dick passed.
Jean and Homer were involved with Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Weslaco, Texas which they helped get up and going. She was also involved with Runn Elementary School in Donna, Texas. Many years ago, she helped deliver donated quilts by quilters from both Texas and Minnesota, to children from the school whose homes had no heat. With school Principal Ofelia Gaona guiding the way in the dark colonias. This eventually grew into having a 53-foot trailer from Minnesota filled with donated bikes and clothing being given away at the school.
Jean served as past President of the Legion Post 550 in Bloomington and was also a lifetime member. She served as a church lady, sang in the choir and enjoyed gardening and canning. She loved playing the accordion, especially with her dad playing the concertina and brother-in-law, Randy Wegner playing the trumpet. Blessed be the memory of Jean Wegner.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Ruth Boelter; spouse, Dick “Homer” Wegner and daughter Gerri. Jean is survived by her two sons, Thomas and Richard (Evelyn) Wegner; six grandchildren, Samantha Fritz, Andrew Fritz, Josy (Sean) Virgen, Sarah (Connor) Haas, David Wegner and Richard Wegner; three great grandchildren, Wally, Sullivan and Clementine; two brothers, Roger (Jan) Boelter of Lakevillle, MN and Lanny (Kathy) Boelter of Clarksfield, MN as well as many friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners at Vining Lutheran Church and Love of Christ Lutheran Church.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be planned for this summer.
Funeral arrangements are with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Fergus Falls.
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