Jean Stender

Jean Marie Stender, 66, of Debs/Shevlin, MN passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Nebish. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Jean was born November 15, 1951 in New Prague, the daughter of Marvin and Mary Alice (Egan) Kahle. She was raised and educated in Belle Plaine.  

Jean married John Stender on May 28, 1982. They moved to the Bemidji area in 1984. Everything Jean did was with passion and she was a spark in the lives of everyone she met. She was John’s and John was hers.  There is no doubt that their love for one another was grand and beyond compare.

Jean’s career as a rancher was her passion. Jean was an avid hunter of everything from squirrels to bear. She enjoyed fishing and even the smallest fish brought her joy. She had a lifelong love of horses before marrying John then she switched to mules. She was so proud of her children, grandchildren, and loved spending time with all of her family, friends, and pets.

She is survived by her husband, John Stender of Debs; daughters, Carrie (Dominic) Krump of Bemidji, Corinna (Chad) Prestegard of Bemidji, Amy (Gary) Tobey of Bemidji, Gina Stender of Bemidji, Jamie (Wes) Olsen of Debs; sisters, Judy (Edward) Dahn of Deer River and Joan (David) Fries of Lakeville; and 10 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

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Joan and Dave, so sorry to hear of this. You will be in my prayers.
Pam Pint

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