Mary Ann Jergenson was born March 19, 1923, in Lone Rock, daughter of Frank and Esther (Ackerman) Flaig. She attended school in Lone Rock graduating in 1940. Mary Ann then attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City moving to Algona in 1942 where she worked at Kent Motor Company.
Mary Ann married Dean K. Jergenson on December 7, 1944, at her parent's home in Lone Rock. Following marriage, they lived west of Algona farming until 1967. They then owned and operated the Dairy Queen until 1975. Mary Ann then started working at Geilenfeld-Schaaf Funeral Home in Algona retiring in 2000.
In 1984, Mary Ann was the first woman to serve as a director on the Kossuth Agriculture Association Board (Fair Board) and later was the Executive Secretary/Treasurer until resigning in 1992. She was an active member of Algona First Presbyterian Church serving as an ordained Elder and she held various offices of Presbyterian Women. She was also a member of Kossuth Regional Health Center Auxiliary, the Good Samaritan Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Mary Ann became a resident of Van Buren Terrace in September, 2001 moving to Huskamp Haven in May of 2010. She became a resident of Good Samaritan Society in May of 2014 and died there Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the age of 95.
She is survived by her son Douglas Jergenson of Lusk, WY; a daughter, Barbara Ann Fair and her husband David of Anaheim, CA; a daughter-in-law, Janice Jergenson of Algona; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dean on January 21, 1984; a granddaughter, Leslie Jergenson in 1998; and a sister, Maxine Jensen.
"I am sorry for the pain you, Mary Ann's family and friends, are experiencing. At these sad moments, I reflect on the wise words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4. There it says our God and Father and his son Jesus comfort us during trials, so that we can comfort others during any sort of trial. Certainly, the loss of a dear loved one is the most difficult trial. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss."
"I always enjoyed working with Mary Ann. She always had a smile and warm greeting when you came into the funeral home. May your wonderful memories stay alive forever in your hearts. :You have our deepest sympathy."
"I don't remember Mary Ann from Dairy Queen, though I remember Dean and Barb. I did know Mary Ann from Good Sam. I visited Mom (Mary Gengler) often 2015-1018 and saw Mary Ann every time I visited. Know how hard it is to say goodbye, no matter how old. Cherish memories. Marilyn ( Gengler) Livingston"
"Barb, I remember many fun times with you at the farm. I remember when you had a Shetland pony and I went home and said I wanted one. Your Mom was a wonderful person. She will always be in your heart. Mary (Anliker)Melick"
"I remember several visits with Mary Ann when living in Algona,she was quite a Mom to Doug and Barb,special lady.Sympathy and Prayers Trudy Betts"
"So sorry to hear about Mary Ann. She was the shining face that greeted me for many years when i visited Dad's work. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May she rest in heavenly peace.
Lori Schaaf Vancura"
"I have so many memories of visiting Mary Ann and Dean in Algona with my parents. My dad and she were very close. My son and Mary Ann shared a birthday and she for many, many years sent a card to her birthday twin. Jill Wilhelm"
"Dean and Maryann were my second parents--they gave me my first job too--taught me a lot and made it fun. Hope Barb and
Doug are comforted by great memories and tributes from all who were blessed to know them."
"Dean and Mary Ann gave me my first real job at the Dairy Queen many years ago. I learn so many things from them, including how to count back change. I will always remember them fondly. My sincere condolences to the entire family. I am sure you will miss her."