Jennie Pearson, 86, of Lancaster, MN, passed peacefully from this
life on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home in
Jennie Ann Maksymchuk was born November 23, 1925 in Caribou Township,
MN, the daughter of John and Elena (Morrison) Maksymchuk. She
attended country school in Caribou until the 8th grade, after which
she attended Lancaster High School, graduating in 1943. She then
went to teachers training in East Grand Forks, MN. She taught in
country schools in Tabor and Bygland, MN.
On October 26, 1947 Jennie was united in marriage to Philip W.
Pearson at Thief River Falls, MN. Together they farmed and raised
their family on the Pearson Farm west of Lancaster. Jennie was a
wonderful homemaker and was noted for her delicious holiday feasts
and numerous meals prepared for the many employees of the farm.
Jennie was a member of the Sion Lutheran Church and WELCA, Lancaster,
and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served on the Kittson County
Welfare Board for 30 years and was a member of the Quinn County
Community Health Advisory Board. She was an avid bowler and was
active in bowling leagues in both Lake Bronson and Hallock, MN.
Throughout the years Jennie was employed at the Lancaster Co-op
Grocery Store and the Hallock Bowling Alley.
Jennie’s deepest joy came from her children, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with family and
friends at one of her favorite places, the Pearson cottage at Maple
Lake near Mentor, MN.
Her beloved husband Philip passed away on January 29, 1976. Jennie
continued to live on the farm until 2003 when she moved to the
Lancaster Homes Apartments. In August of 2010 she became a resident
of the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home.
Jennie is survived by her three children, sons Perry (Shirley)
Pearson, Hallock, MN, Brent (Peggy) Pearson, Lancaster, MN and
daughter Kris (Donald) Thorlacius, Hallock, MN; eight grandchildren,
Jason (Rachael) Pearson, West Fargo, ND, Sarah (Kip) Ebel, Westfield,
NJ, Philip (Nicky) Pearson, Dunseith, ND, Casey Pearson, Grand Forks,
ND, Katie (Anthony) Driscoll, Hallock, MN, Patrick Pearson, Grand
Forks, ND, Daniel Thorlacius, Hallock, MN and Kristjan Thorlacius,
Thief River Falls, MN; thirteen great-grandchildren, McKenzie,
Madison and Emma Pearson, Olivia, Alex and Mia Ebel, Taitum and
Tucker Pearson, Kyla, James and Peyton Pearson, and Kaitlin and Gavin
Driscoll; one brother, Robert Allen (Geraine) Maksymchuk, Moorhead,
MN, two sisters, Marie (Robert) Quirk, Mt. Clemens, MI, Dorothy
Sveum, Thief River Falls, MN, sister-in-law, Pauline Christopherson,
Lancaster, MN as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband Philip, parents John and
Elena Maksymchuk, a brother William Maksymchuk, sisters-in-law
Shirley Maksymchuk, Ruth Pearson and Katharine Hendrickson and
brothers-in-law Scott Sveum and Charles Christopherson.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11:00
a.m. in Sion Lutheran Church, Lancaster, MN. Interment will be in
Riverview Memorial Gardens, Lancaster.Rev. Melodi Hagen, presiding;
Dianne Rice, organist; Patrick Pearson, soloist; Donald Thorlacius,
soloist; Galen Nordin and Donald Thorlacius, duet.Casket bearers will
be grandchildren,Jason Pearson, Sarah Ebel, Philip Pearson, Casey
Pearson, Katie Driscoll, Patrick Pearson, Daniel Thorlacius, Kristjan
Visitation will be held at the Austin Funeral Home in Hallock on
Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a prayer service
at 7:00 p.m.