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Marjorie Jeska

May 16, 1932 — July 19, 2020

Marjorie (Hanson) Jeska, age 88, of St. Anthony, MN, and formerly of Fosston, MN, passed away on Sunday, July 19th, at her home. A memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15th at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston. Interment will follow in Kingo Lutheran Cemetery, Fosston. All are welcome to attend. Mask use is required in the funeral home. Local arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinfuneral.com. Marjorie Hanson Jeska, the daughter of Inga and Eddie Hanson was born in Fosston, MN, on May 16th 1932. After graduating from high school she attended the College of Medical Technology for a year. She married Dale Jeska, her high school sweetheart in 1950. They lived in Kadoka, SD for a year before moving to Minneapolis to raise their family. Marge and Dale had 3 children, two boys and a girl while they were living in Richfield. In Minnesota Marge worked in a Red Owl store, in the school cafeteria, sold real estate and held other jobs. When Steve, Pam, and Craig were all adults, Marge and Dale moved to San Diego, CA. They stayed in California for 22 years where Marge worked for an optometrist and then at Frame and Lens optical shop, before moving back to MN. After returning to Minnesota, Dale passed away far too soon from cancer. Marge met the second love of her life Sheldon Knutson on a blind date, arranged by Marge's sister Ruthie and Sheldon's sister Donna. Marge returned to First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights which she and Dale attended years before. She and Sheldon were active for years at the church, helping with dinners, weddings, funerals and bazaars.She was fashionable even in high school. She won four "4-H Style Queen" honors at the MN State Fair for clothes she made herself. She was also fond of "bling" as she called it, and never passed up the opportunity to show off her new jewelry, a trait she passed on to her daughter and granddaughters.When asked about her favorite book, Marge would reply, "I'm not the family reader", which explains why she was the only one in the book club who never read the book. She loved hosting and would make sure her guests had a glass of wine on a beautiful table. She spent her time working, did some sewing and liked to chronicle her life. Marge loved to be with people and spent her time chatting with old friends and making new ones. She was a social butterfly and kept up with all families and friends she acquired over the years. She even taught her partner Sheldon to overcome his Norwegian desire to answer with a word or two at the most and become an active participant in conversations.After Sheldon passed away, she found a good friend in Ray who stayed by her to the end. With Sheldon, she travelled the world, and with Ray she travelled around Minnesota and neighboring states. She is survived by her two sisters, Audrey Merschman and Ruthie Rystad, two children, Steve Jeska and Pam LaRue, along with 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grand children.She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Jeska, her partner, Sheldon Knutson, and her son Craig Jeska.
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