Mary Ann Jergenson was born March 19, 1923, in Lone Rock, daughter of Frank and Esther (Ackerman) Flaig. She attended school in Lone Rock graduating in 1940. Mary Ann then attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City moving to Algona in 1942 where she worked at Kent Motor Company.
Mary Ann married Dean K. Jergenson on December 7, 1944, at her parent's home in Lone Rock. Following marriage, they lived west of Algona farming until 1967. They then owned and operated the Dairy Queen until 1975. Mary Ann then started working at Geilenfeld-Schaaf Funeral Home in Algona retiring in 2000.
In 1984, Mary Ann was the first woman to serve as a director on the Kossuth Agriculture Association Board (Fair Board) and later was the Executive Secretary/Treasurer until resigning in 1992. She was an active member of Algona First Presbyterian Church serving as an ordained Elder and she held various offices of Presbyterian Women. She was also a member of Kossuth Regional Health Center Auxiliary, the Good Samaritan Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Mary Ann became a resident of Van Buren Terrace in September, 2001 moving to Huskamp Haven in May of 2010. She became a resident of Good Samaritan Society in May of 2014 and died there Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the age of 95.
She is survived by her son Douglas Jergenson of Lusk, WY; a daughter, Barbara Ann Fair and her husband David of Anaheim, CA; a daughter-in-law, Janice Jergenson of Algona; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dean on January 21, 1984; a granddaughter, Leslie Jergenson in 1998; and a sister, Maxine Jensen.
I always enjoyed working with Mary Ann. She always had a smile and warm greeting when you came into the funeral home. May your wonderful memories stay alive forever in your hearts. :You have our deepest sympathy.
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