Jean Serbus, 89, of Willmar, died Sunday, April 3, 2022, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.
Her Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 8, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Olivia.
Jean Ardell Serbus was born March 6, 1933, in Hector, Minnesota, to Merwyn and Helen (Jacobson) Sheesley. She grew up in Fairfax and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1951. Jean then worked for a few years as a legal secretary in the Twin Cities, where she met William Serbus, Jr. They were married on September 4, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bechyn. They made their home on the Serbus family farm in Henryville Township, Renville County, where Bill farmed and operated a machine shop. Jean was an excellent homemaker; cooking fabulous meals, baking delicious goodies, and keeping an amazingly clean home. Following Bill’s death in 1997, Jean moved to Willmar, where she worked at the West Central Tribune and served samples at CashWise Foods.
While living on the farm, Jean was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bechyn and later St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. She was active on the altar society and served many church dinners. After moving to Willmar, she became a member of the Church of St. Mary. She was also active at the Willmar Senior Center and with the widows’ support group.
Jean enjoyed taking bus trips, visiting casinos and wintering in Arizona for several years. She loved spending time with her family and friends; and especially enjoyed playing cards with Kitty, Irene and Ginny, and her annual school shopping trips with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her three sons: Terry (Val) Serbus of Olivia, MN, Randy (Sarah) Serbus of Phoenix, AZ, and Brad (Rose) Serbus of Willmar; three grandchildren: Tiffany (Andy) Serbus-Gustaveson and their daughter Vivienne, Joshua (Toni) Serbus, and Kassidy (Andrew) Carriger and their son Jackson; two stepgrandsons: David Keith and Joe Keith; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Merwyn and Helen Sheesley; and her husband: William Serbus, Jr.
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