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Maxine E. Bargfrede


MAXINE E. BARGFREDE, 90, of Rochester, Minnesota, formerly of Jackson, passed away at the Samaritan Bethany Home on 8th in Rochester on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.  Funeral service will be on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson with Pastor Eric Hullstrom officiating.  Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Petersburg Township, Jackson County, Minnesota.

 Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and on Saturday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.

MAXINE ELIZABETH BARGFREDE was born on October 14, 1919 in, Martin County, Minnesota, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Chworowsky) Koenecke.  She graduated from Emmet Consolidated in Iowa.  On January 19, 1941, she was united in marriage to Harry Bargfrede at the Parsonage for St. John’s Lutheran Church near Petersburg.  After marriage, they farmed near Petersburg in Jackson County.  Harry passed away on June 25, 1977, after 35 years of marriage.  Maxine went to work as a housekeeper for the Best Western in Jackson and also cleaned houses until 1987.  In 2005, she moved to the Samaritan Bethany Home on 8th in Rochester, Minnesota.  Maxine passed away there on July 28, 2010, at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 14 days.

 Maxine was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she had taught Sunday school and was the Superintendent and President of the Ladies Aid and later became a member of Salem Lutheran Church.  She taught Sunday school, was a greeter, on the Alter Guild, and President and Secretary of Circles.  She helped with Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Good Samaritan Center, the Resource Center and helped with Bingo at the Hospital Nursing Home. She had also been on the Site Council and helped in the kitchen at the Senior Dining Center in Jackson. Maxine loved to go for walks, read books, playing cards, and enjoyed a good game of Yahtzee.  She enjoyed the many visits from her family.  She also did a wonderful job sewing, quilting and even needlework.

 Maxine is survived by her two daughters Marlene (Tom) Planting of New Hope, Minnesota, Ann (Paul) Nibbe of Ormsby, Minnesota, two sons, Darrell (JoAnne) Bargfrede of Florence, Oregon, Stanley (Pam) Bargfrede of Rochester, Minnesota, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Dean (Viv) Koenecke of Alexandria, Minnesota, Frank Koenecke of Mesa, Arizona, five sisters, Ruth (Ernie) Sands of New Ulm, Minnesota, Jo (Jim) Bjerknes of Alexandria, Minnesota, Kay (Jim) Mootz of Alexandria, Minnesota, Jean Anderson of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Helen Lueck of Fairmont, Minnesota.

 Maxine is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harry, great-granddaughter, Amber Bargfrede, two sisters, Vivian Larson, and Norma Torgeson, two brothers, John Koenecke, Dick Koenecke.

 Blessed be the memory of Maxine Elizabeth Bargfrede.

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  1. Darrell Bargfrede says:

    Mom: I told you someday I would become a Pastor, I just didn’t think it would take this long. I am a licensed, registered and ordained Minister/Chaplain. I have my own Ministry “All Missions Possible Ministry, Inc., just started children’s division in California, Emily our 12 yr. old Grand Daughter in charge, doing awesome. I also have a book that has been published “Where God Is”, 1/4 th way through the second one and the next one, all about Great Grandpa Chworowsky!

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