Jean Rae Legried

Born: Fri., Oct. 28, 1938
Died: Sun., Jan. 1, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 05, 2012
Location: Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 06, 2012
Location: Oakland Lutheran Church

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Funeral services for Jean Rae Legried will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2012 at Oakland Lutheran Church.  Rev. Bob Berthold will officiate.  Interment will be at Oakland Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2012 and one hour prior to the service at the church.  

Jean died January 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester.
Jean Legried was born October 28, 1938 to Verner and Wilma Schilling in Austin, MN.  She attended grade school at District 138 and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1956.  She was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  On June 29, 1962 she was united in marriage to Peder Legried at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  In the 1960’s and 70’s Jean was very active in the “Friendly Handicapped Club” and was instrumental in helping make Albert Lea handicap accessible thru Access Albert Lea.  Jean has always had an interest in history and family and combining the two has led to her involvement in genealogy.  She founded and served as first president of the Freeborn County Genealogical Society and also served several terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society.  Jean was proud that she was on the Norway list for genealogy also.  For many years Jean was very active in the American Lutheran Church women where she held several offices.  Jean was a member of the Oakland Lutheran Church and she served as the editor of the newsletter there.  Jean was also the editor of Vestlandlag Magazine.  Jean and Peder traveled to Norway and England in 1987 but she traveled the rest of the world via the internet on her computer.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Blessed be her memory.

Survivors include her son Virgil (Michele) Legried of Oakland; grandchildren, Cody & Chelsey Legried of Albert Lea; and many friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents, Verner and Wilma Schilling; and husband, Peder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Laura Mickelson
   Posted Mon January 02, 2012
Dear Virgil, Michele, Cody and Chelsey - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many special and fond memories of Jean, especially from my childhood. She will be missed. At this difficult time please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Laura

Clark Pederson
   Posted Wed January 04, 2012
I have only known Jean through The Norway List, but feel like she has been a personal friend for years. She was a ''''super sleuth'''' and most supportive to so many of us when facing our ''''brick walls''''.
I will long cherish my memories of a wonderful lady, always ready and willing to share.
May God bless.
Clark in Japan

Sheryl Hove
   Posted Wed January 04, 2012
Michelle and family,
I really appreciated Jean's contributions to the Vestlandslag and for being the newsletter editor for many years. I hope that you will continue attending the Vestlandslag Stevnes. She will be missed by us Norwegians.
With sympathy, Sheryl

Lucy and Judy Ghastin
   Posted Wed January 04, 2012
Michelle, Virgil and family:

Judy and I send our sympathies to you and your family. We fondly remember Jean's long-time help with genealogy at Vestlandslag meetings and her 16+ years as co-editor of the newsletter. We will miss her sunny smile. Michelle, keep coming to our annual meetings.

Valerie Eichler Lair
   Posted Wed January 04, 2012
Dear Virgil and family,
My deepest heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to you and everyone in the family. I just had thoughts of Jean on Sunday, not knowing why until now when receiving the word from Vickie Storlie. I met your mom back in 1989 - one of the first in Freeborn County - when I first got started in genealogy. She was an immediate friend. She was always there to help or work with me on client projects even though there were so many miles between us. It was a honor when she called me to ask for my professional genealogy assistance with her own personal research. I truly am saddened to hear of losing her, but as a Christian I know she is finally at home, at peace. May you all be comforted with those thoughts and memories of such a beautiful person we were lucky to have you share with us. God bless with love.

Ruth M.Odegard
   Posted Thu January 05, 2012
I am sorry to learn of the death of Jean . I wish to extend my sympathy to her family and friends. I knew her through the Norway List. This list consists of one big happy family of genealogists seeking relatives from Norway.
May she rest in peace and is now free from pain. The memories of her wil ever remain in the hearts of those who knew her. The picture with the obit shows a gentle kind woman. I only wish I could have met her in person.

Darlene Tomlinson
   Posted Thu January 05, 2012
Dear,Virgil,Michele,and family,I am so sorry to hear of your loss,I have special memories of Jean.She was a great lady,I enjoy her company,she will be missed. with sympathy Darlene

Teri Schilling Johnson
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
I am so sad to hear of Jeans passing.We have been emailing eachother on the Schilling family history (my dad, Bill, is Jean's first cousin). She was so kind and always so helpful. Although never meeting her in person I feel like I have known her forever. I know she will be missed by so many. All my prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Al Batt
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Marilyn Flugum
   Posted Wed January 11, 2012
Jean was a contributor to the former ''Emmons Leader'' newspaper back in the the early 1980''s and our readers always looked forward to Jean''s stories. We were all blessed with her talents she graciously shared with us. Peace be with you.

Eileen (Hovland) & Eugene Rudd
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Jean, and extend our sympathy to her family. Jean''s interest in family history contributed to our interests in genealogy, especially the Hovland/Legried branch. Since my grandfather, Thor Pederson Hovland moved from the Albert Lea area many decades ago, my generation rarely met any of our relatives from the Freeborn County area.
When my grandfather was ill with cancer, his son Peder took him to visit his relatives in the Albert Lea area. Later that summer, some of the relatives from Albert Lea came to attend his funeral. A picture was taken of the family members, some of whom we have identified. Perhaps if we sent a copy of the picture, someone might be able to identify all the family members. Since I was only nine years of age at that time, we children were unfamiliar with the family connections, but recall the event quite well. Perhaps someone can identify the family members that are not as familiar to me.
We enjoyed getting to know Jean, and admired her many talents and willingness to share her interests in family history. She was a blessing to her community in many endeavors. With sympathy, Eileen & Gene Rudd

Rhonda Iverson
   Posted Tue January 24, 2012
I was saddened to hear of Jeans passing. I only knew here through genealogy but I did buy quite a few journals from her on the subject. When she was ready to sell more, she emailed me and gave me first shot at them which I thought was very nice. I am a former Minnesotan (Bricelyn and Wells area) now living in the South. I will miss seeing her posts as she was always so helpful to everyone. My prayers to your family.

Norm and Glenda Malenke
   Posted Tue January 01, 2013
We suspected something had happened when our Christmas letter and card for December 2012 was returned unopened. Now we know. Jean was a dear friend along with her deceased husband Peder. We knew them way back from 1972 when we lived in Minnesota. Jean was a remarkable woman who accomplished much in her life. She was an inspiration to all who overcome things in life to make it fulfilling for them and those around them. She will be missed, but we plan on seeing her in heaven.

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