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Marjorie J. (Cross) Ersted, 69

Jul 12, 2020

Mags Ersted

Alexandria/Winnebago Marjorie Jean Ersted (Maggie/ Mags), lost her battle with cancer on June 22, 2020 at the age of 69. She passed away peacefully at her home in Alexandria, surrounded by her family. Although we are sad she is gone, we are grateful she is free and will continue to be a light in many people’s lives.

There was a Celebration of Life on July 10, 2020 at The Legacy of the Lakes Gardens in Alexandria. If you are unable to attend and wish to send condolences, please mail to Erin Ersted at P.O. Box 83 Hoffman, MN 56339.

Maggie’s sense of humor was like no other. Her quick wit and ability to crack a great joke always lightened the mood. Mags was an avid reader – The Library of Congress has nothing on her. She was always searching for new recipes – that she never seemed to cook!

She loved to play computer games, do puzzles, and was an accomplished cross-stitcher, crocheter, and knitter. Most important to her were treasured times with family and friends.

She was born Sept. 12, 1950 in Winnebago, to Warren and Mary (Davidson) Cross. Mags graduated from Huntley High School in 1969. She then earned a degree in nursing from the St. Barnabas School of Nursing. She worked as an RN for 12 years, and for the last five of those years, she was the Director of Nursing at Stevens County Hospital. She later graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She proceeded to earn her Masters of Social Science Degree (MSSW) at the University of Texas, Austin. She returned to Minnesota and pioneered with Lutheran Social Services as an in-home family therapist. She successfully ended her 30 year social work career as a contract supervisor of in-home family therapists in five Minnesota counties.

She is survived by her two daughters, Michelle (Jamie) Hess, of Alexandria and Erin Ersted, of Hoffman; three grandchildren, Jaida and Maxwell Hess, Henry Jensen; three brothers, Jim (Linda) Cross, of South Dakota, Jon (Donna) Cross, of Bolivia, and Jerry Cross, of Winnebago; former husband, Paul Ersted Jr.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Warren and Mary (Davidson) Cross and her brother Roger (Heidi) Cross.

Marjorie has donated her body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program for research purposes.