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Ida B. Jergensen, 81

May 8, 2016

Ida Jergensen

Formerly of Bricelyn Ida Belle Jergensen, age 81, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Bricelyn, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Phoenix, from complications following surgery required after a fall. A memorial service was held Friday, May 6, 2016 at Bricelyn Lutheran Church, the Rev. Judy Clark officiated.

Ida was born to Levi and Sara (Hillman) Anderson on June 22, 1934. She grew up in the Wells area and moved with her parents to Minneapolis during her junior year of high school. Ida married Dean aka Shorty Jergensen on June 20, 1953 and returned to his farm near Bricelyn where they made their home. Once her children were all in school, Ida went back to school herself and earned a secondary teaching license, which she put to good use as a substitute teacher at local high schools. Ida was active in the Bricelyn Lutheran Church and within the local community. She enjoyed bridge club, neighbor club, gathering with the ‘Ida Bunch’, and more. She and Dean enjoyed nearly 20 years as snowbirds in Mathis, Texas. Ida had made her home in Phoenix for the past five years.

No recounting of Ida’s life would be complete without a mention of her love of books. Family lore has it that she tried to take a speed reading class in her youth, but was not allowed to when an entry test revealed that she already read faster than the goal for the class. When she moved to Arizona, she would often have books checked out on her library card as well as Allen and LeAnne’s, to make sure she had enough books to read. Ida also enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, and visiting with family.

Ida leaves behind and will be sorely missed by her children, Mike and Lu-Ann Jergensen, of Bricelyn, Pat and Dave Saari, of Saint Paul, Barb and Andy Lindsay, of Maple Grove; and Allen and LeAnne Jergensen, of Phoenix, grandchildren Nick Saari, Brian Saari, Steve Lindsay, Chris Lindsay, and Dan Lindsay. She is also survived by her brother, Don (Cindy) Anderson, of Northfield; her brother-in-law Harley (Jeanne) Jergensen, of Colorado and Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Dean aka Shorty Jergensen, her parents, and her sister Dona Amundson.

Memorial donations can be made to Bricelyn Library.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Bricelyn is assisting the family. To leave online condolences, please visit www.brussheitner.com.