Obituary: Jean Lessner


May 29, 2023

Jean Lessner

Jean Lessner

Jean Lessner, 94, of New Rockford, N.D. passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford

Jean's visitation was held on Thursday, May 18, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home and continued from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd Chapel in New Rockford. Funeral service followed at 2:00 pm. with Pastor Paula Loewen officiating. Special music was provided by Pastor Loewen accompanied by Kerstin Allmaras.Her burial will be at the St. Elizabeth's Catholic Cemetery, Sykeston, N.D. at a later date.

Pallbearers were Joey Allmaras, Jamie Allmaras, Donnie Allmaras, Alan Allmaras, Darren Allmaras and Kenny Thompson.

Honorary bearers included Fred Allmaras and the rest of the Allmaras family.

Jean Johnson was born on April 8, 1929, to Lois and Harold Johnson in New Hartford, Iowa. She graduated in 1966 with her Associate of Arts degree and 1968 with a Registered Nursing degree from Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Wash. She worked as a registered nurse. Jean married John Lessner on March 17, 1987, at the Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nev.

She attended Trinity Lutheran Church of Carrington and later, New Rockford First Lutheran Church. While living in Carrington, she belonged to the Carrington Hospital Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Carrington Senior Center and was Cardiac Support Group Chairman. She later moved to New Rockford, where she resided at Heritage House, to be closer to her Allmaras family.

In addition to the many dear friends she made at Heritage House, she enjoyed making tied quilts for family and friends, singing and playing the piano, reading and enjoying books by Christian authors, journaling and writing. Above all things, her passions were her Tuesday Bible study and her Thursday afternoon prayer group.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Terri (Ron) Love of Everett, Wash. and Gini Johnson of Shoreline, Wash.; siblings, Frederick Johnson of Marysville, Wash. and Janis (Terry) of Clarksville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Lessner; parents, Harold and Lois Johnson; brothers, Donald (Jean) Johnson and Robert (Elberta) Johnson; sister, Joan (Bill) Holmes; sister-in-law, Joyce Johnson and son, Thomas Gulseth.

Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Carrington and New Rockford, N.D.


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