VIROQUA — Jean Ann Ellefson, 82, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2017.

She was born June 28, 1935, in Viroqua, to Odean and Zaleme ( McHenry) Ellefson.

Jean graduated from Viroqua High School in 1953 and continued her education at Luther College to become a teacher. Jean taught first and second grades in Minneapolis, for over 30 years.

Jean was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. She loved to knit and make mittens for her school children. During the summers she enjoyed spending time at her cabin on the lake near Bloomer. After retiring from teaching Jean moved back to Viroqua, to take care of her parents. Jean was an active volunteer at the Temple Theatre, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and for many years enjoyed being a reading buddy.

Jean is survived by sister-in-law, Gerry Ellefson of Viroqua; nieces Christi Reed (Bob Bolstad) of Cashton, Heidi (Andy) Gruse of Neenah, Wis.; nephews, Eric Ellefson of Minneapolis, and Hans Ellefson (Stephanie Rasmussen) of Raleigh, N.C.; great-nieces and nephews, Leslie (Mike), Henrikson, Jessica (Chris) Huschka, Benjamin and Matthew Gruse, Elaine and Aaron Ellefson. Also surviving are great-great-nieces and nephew, Kylie and Allie Huschka, Torsten and Anna Henrikson.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Odean and Zaleme Ellefson; a brother, Christian Paul Ellefson, and an infant brother, David Odean Ellefson.

Blessed be our memory of Jean Ellefson.

Funeral services for Jean will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. Pastor Yvonne Marshall will officiate with burial following the service at Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call during a visitation one hour before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials in Jean’s name are preferred. Online condolences may be offered at Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home, 123 W. Decker (Hwy. 56) in Viroqua, is serving the family.


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