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“Sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: pat bias - wells, MN

“Will always remember how friendly your mother was. As a classmate of Chuck's we always have memories of fellow classmates and the parents. Not many...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: chuck clarke - kenyon, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pagenkopf familys ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Thain & Linda Dikkers - Owatonna, MN

“Aunt Mary was my special mother and was so good to me after my own mother passed away so young. I will never forget her loyalty to my brothers and I...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Candis Hitchcock - Denver, CO

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Pagenkopf family. We wish we could have been there with you. Always remember the good times as...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Mike and Donna Swartz - Mesa, AZ

“Mary Jean was so nice. I enjoyed my visits with her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Al Batt - Hartland, MN - Friend

“I just love her obituary- written with so much thought and love. She sounds like the most wonderful person. It's never easy to lose the ones we...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Kara Kapplinger - Family Friend

“What a lovely, busy lady. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Garrick - Forsyth, MO

“What a wonderful lady with a wonderful family. I have thought of her often. She always called me "her Florence nightingale." So special to me. ...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Sue Grunzke - Alden, MN

“She was a real example for all. Our prayers go out to the Pagenkopf family. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Frank & Judy Nichols - MN

“My condolences to the Pagenkopf family. Mary Jean was so special and will not be forgotten. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Helen Austin - San Francisco, CA

“Mary Jane, along with Betty Budach was our Camp Fire leader for many many years. When someone forgot it was their turn to bring treats, Mary Jane...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Barb Christenson - FL - Classmate

“My sincere sympathy to the Pagenkopf family. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Jane Crowe - Albert Lea, MN

“the Pagenkopf house was always the "official" meeting place whenever classmates gathered or were on our way to another adventure. Mary Jean always...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Kelly Neubauer - Granger, IN

“To the entire Pagenkopf Family,My sincerest sympathy goes out to all of you. I so remember your Mom's sweet smile and laughter. May God wrap you...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Mosser Mathiesen - TX


Mary Jean Pagenkopf, age 90, passed away quietly Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, MN. She called Wells MN home for many years prior to moving to Albert Lea. A funeral service will be held 10:30 AM, Saturday, April 8, at the Open Doors United Methodist Church in Wells, MN. Pr. Paul Woolverton and Pr. Kent Otterman will officiate the ceremony. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM, Friday, April 7 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN. An additional visitation period will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday, 9:30-10:30 AM. Interment will occur at Rosehill Cemetery in Wells.
Mary Jean was born April 14, 1926 in Alden, MN, the daughter of Leslie and Grace (Ostrander) Register. She attended school in town, often riding to school in a sleigh during the Winter time. Mary Jean grew up during the Great Depression, so she knew the value of preparing meals and feeding her family heartily. She attended Alden High School, where she was a Blackhawk cheerleader, and played cornet in the school band where she graduated from in 1944, and went on to teach at a rural country school. Soon after returning from the WWII Pacific Theater, Harold Pagenkopf proposed to her and in June 20, 1946 they were happily married at the Alden United Methodist Church. Mary Jean worked for many years for Swift Eckrich in Wells, was always dedicated to many of life's endeavors, and was a great leader and organizer. She was an active and long-time member of the Wells American Legion Auxiliary Post #210, and a member and past president (1992-1994) of the Wells VFW Auxiliary Post #1778. She obtained her driver's license later in life in order to travel and give rides to fellow auxiliary members in an effort to promote a more active organization. Of note, she was also a Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star, an active and faithful member of Open Doors United Methodist Church, and a Campfire Leader
Mary Jean always had baked goods and treats ready, and the coffee pot was always on for anyone who might stop by to visit. At Mary Jean's house nobody would go hungry, including the neighborhood kids who were treated as family. During the holidays, she would go all out decorating to welcome loved ones into her home. Aside from a strong dedication to family, Mary Jean enjoyed playing cards, sewing, making crafts, and bird-watching. She also enjoyed collecting ceramics and pottery. Of the 6 children in her family, Mary Jean was the last surviving sibling.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; and 5 siblings: Vivian Cadwell, Gordon Register, John Register, Alan Register, and Patricia Hitchcock.
Mary Jean is survived by her children: Charles (Betty) Pagenkopf of Powersite, MO, Michelle (Bruce) Moore of Albert Lea, MN, Tom (Linda) Pagenkopf of Rochester, MN, and Marcia (John) McKean of Freeborn, MN; 8 grandchildren: Alan Pagenkopf of Hyannis, MA, Jill (Mark) Johnson of St. Michael, MN, Adam (Nicole) Pagenkopf of Glencoe, MN, Ryan (Dawn) Moore of Owatonna, MN, Matthew Pagenkopf of Rochester, MN, Drew (Mallory) Pagenkopf of Travis Air Force Base, CA, Kelcey McKean, and Kaylea McKean of Minneapolis, MN; 7 great-grandchildren: Kali, Alex, Abby, and Andrew Johnson, Murielle, and one baby boy on the way Pagenkopf, Evan, and Owen Moore; sisters-in-law: Ruth Johnson of Duluth, MN, and Jean Knutson of Maple Grove, MN; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.
Mary Jean's family would like to thank the caregivers of the Good Samaritan Society, as well as her family and friends who were so generous with their love and kindness, and spent time with her while she was a resident there.