In memory of

Lorna R. Jesse, age 98, of Helena, Formerly of Madelia, Minnesota

December 10, 1919 – February 25, 2018

Lorna Ruth Jesse died on February 25th, 2018, from natural causes at the age of 98.  Cremation has taken place and a funeral service in Madelia will be held on May 21st, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Internment to follow at Fieldon Cemetery.

Lorna was born December 10, 1919 to August and Frieda (Maus) Gens in Ceresco Township, Blue Earth County, MN.  She married William August Jesse on January 5, 1945.  Bill and Lorna moved to the Madelia area in 1951 where they farmed until Bill’s death in 1973.  Lorna moved into town and lived in Madelia until moving to Helena, MT to live with her daughter and son-in-law in September 2013.

Lorna was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Madelia.  Lorna enjoyed sewing and making craft items for her family.  In her later years she found entertainment by completing jigsaw and word find puzzles.  She never missed an episode of Wheel of Fortune.

Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; by her parents; five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her one daughter, Carolyn and son-in-law Jim Murtha; two grandsons Rob Lawrence, Arvada, CO; Chad (Stefana) Lawrence, Helena, MT; five great grandchildren Lauren, Taylor, Zachary, Riley,  and Makayla and one great, great granddaughter Audriana.  Brothers Richard Gens, Good Thunder, MN; Robert Gens, Mapleton, MN; sisters Elnora Becker, Lake Crystal, MN; Donna Borneke, Eagle Lake, MN and Betty Wolfe, Madison Lake, MN.

Lorna was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved her family deeply and she will be greatly missed.




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  1. Annie and Mike Lawrence says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Lorna’s passing. She was wonderful to visit with. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Carolyn and your family. Mike and Annie

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