Eileen M. Jurgenson
April 17, 2010
Eileen M. Jurgenson, age 91 died on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Parker Oaks Communities in Winnebago. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Winnebago, with Father Leo Koppala officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Mankato. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. www.spencerowen.com
Eileen Marie was born on September 23, 1918 in Clinton, Iowa, to Charles A. and Eulalia B. (Nennon) Seely. Following several moves, the family settled in Mankato. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1935 and from Mankato State Teachers College in 1939. After teaching for 5 ½ years, she went to work at Continental Can Company. She was united in marriage to Alvin Jurgenson on January 15, 1949 at Holy Rosary Parsonage, in North Mankato. They moved to Winnebago where they farmed until 1966. Eileen started working at the local school in 1954 as a secretary, until retiring in 1981.
Following her retirement, she volunteered with the AARP Tax Program, continuing to do this for the next twenty-five years, serving as coordinator the last ten years. She did volunteer work at the Muir Library every Monday morning, was a member of the local Food Shelf and was a driver for the Meals on Wheels program. Eileen was inducted into the Heritage Club in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the future of Mankato State University through the Endowment Fund in 1994. Eileen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she served as church secretary for several years and was a member of the Rosary Society. In 2005, she was chosen as Outstanding Volunteer Senior Citizen of Faribault County. Eileen was named the recipient for the 2010 Winnebago Hall of Fame. Her hobbies included knitting, bridge, counted cross stitch and plastic canvas.
Eileen is survived by: several nieces and nephews along with many friends.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Alvin “Jurgy” in 1992.