The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 25, 2013

Jean P. "Jeanie" Godtland

—     Funeral services for Jean P. "Jeanie" Godtland will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, with Pastors Todd Walsh and Andrea Myers officiating. Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29 at Bonnerup Funeral Home, Albert Lea, and at the church an hour prior to services. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Albert Lea.

    Jean P. "Jeanie" Godtland, 79, was called home to the Lord on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN.

    She was born on December 25, 1933 in Decoria Township, Blue Earth County, MN, to Lloyd & Doris (Mann) Thrun. She was baptized and confirmed in Redeemer Lutheran Church, Blue Earth County, MN. She graduated from St. Clair High School in the spring of 1951. In 1954, she graduated as a registered nurse from Naeve Hospital School of Nursing in Albert Lea. It was during nurses training that she was introduced to her future husband, LuVerne Godtland, by his cousin and Jeanies treasured friend, Grace VanProosdy. Jeanie & LuVerne were married on June 26, 1955 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, and celebrated their love story for over 58 years.

    Jeanie's varied career included clinical nursing at Fountain Lake Clinic; surgical nursing at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea; serving as a nursing instructor at Naeve Hospital School of Nursing; ER nursing at Austin Hospital; staff nursing at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea; nursing, supervising, and CD counseling at Fountain Lake Treatment Center in Albert Lea; and Parish nursing at Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where she served as congregational president, church council member, and Sunday School teacher, and of the Naeve Alumni and Nurses' Club.

    Jeanie loved people and hearing their stories. She delighted in being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandsons. She was an excellent teacher and advocate. Jeanie was a caring, nurturing friend, and she truly lived to serve. She was an avid reader, quilter, and gardener, especially enjoying her 21 hydrangea plants. She was known for her huge heart, deep compassion, great cooking, endless hospitality, fantastic hugs, sense of adventure, and for always being the last person in the room to get a joke.

    Her memory will be cherished by her husband; son & daughter-in-law, Paul & Annette Godtland, Rochester;  daughters and sons-in-law Julie & Doug Keran, Baxter, Naomi & Tim Tatarek, Eagan, and Gretchen & Terrance Anderson, Emmons; grandchildren Shane & Christine Keran, Brainerd; Leah & Josh Darst, Bloomington, Nate & Jamie Tatarek, Hanover, Bri Keran, Baxter, Zach Tatarek, Eagan, and Jonathan and Matthew Anderson, Emmons; great-grandsons Caleb and Adam Keran, Brainerd; sisters and brothers-in-law Janice & Jerome Seys, Mankato, Rev Krengel, Good Thunder, Lynn & Dale Reich, St. Clair, brother and sister-in-law Butch & Candy Thrun, Mankato, and brother-in-law Jerry Lewis, Mankato; sisters- and brothers-in-law Georgia Johnson, Lois Undahl, Dick & Sandy Godtland, Ron & Karen Godtland, Jeanette Godtland, all of Albert Lea, and Ollie Godtland, Benedict; godchildren, Lori, Audrey, Dawn, Randy, Robin, Mija, Dan, and Denise; many nieces and nephews, and other wonderful friends and relatives. She will be missed by several granddogs.

    Her parents, former son-in-law, David Brekke, sister Patricia Lewis, brothers- and sisters-in-law Joe Krengel, Arnold Johnson, Glenn & Eleanor Godtland, Art Godtland Jr., Don & Dorothy Godtland, Ells Godtland, DeVerne Undahl, and Dale & Ruth Whiteis preceded her in death.

    Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church and Naeve Alumni and Nurses' Club.


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