Mary Jane Behrends, 77, of Alden passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at the St. John’s Lutheran Community on Fountain Lake of Albert Lea.
Private prayers and burial have taken place, a Funeral Service at Concordia Lutheran Church of Alden will be held once current restrictions are lifted.
Mary Jane was born October 11, 1942 to Joseph and Josephine (Fure) Lockrem in Forest City Iowa. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bricelyn, confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Guttenberg Iowa and graduated from Guttenberg High School. After graduation she attended the Methodist Kahler School of Nursing.
On November 14, 1964 Mary Jane married David Arthur Behrends at Salem Lutheran in Albert Lea, and together raised their two sons.
Mary Jane was a caring and dedicated nurse for MCHS in Albert Lea for 42 years.
She enjoyed her gardening, canning, flowers, knitting and quilting for herself and used those skills for the church. Decorating the interior of the house for the different holidays. She enjoyed traveling to see many places in and outside the U.S. including France, Germany, Norway, Panama.
She will be remembered for her faith, children and grandchildren, working for the church as Treasurer and Secretary.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, David; sons, Joseph (Joe) Behrends of Wichita, KS and Philip Behrends of West Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Josephine, Mark, Carolyn, Rosemary and Elaina;
Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.