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Jen Sibell, 92

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Jueanetta "Jen" Sibell, 92, Osakis, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Sunday evening, December 22, 2013 at Bethany Home in Alexandria.

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Jen was born May 17, 1921 on the family farm in Nobles County near Wilmont. She was the first daughter born to Joseph and Veronica (Mensen) Hoffman. On July 9, 1943, Jen was united in marriage to Arthur L. Sibell at the Fort Snelling Chapel in Minneapolis.

After a few years in the Osakis area, they moved to St. Paul. Jen worked at The Driftwood Room in the Hotel Lowry. When the Sibells bought the Evergreen Inn Resort in Miltona, in addition to caring for her family and the resort patrons, the Sibells also were foster parents for Douglas County children.

When they sold the resort and moved to a home in Osakis in 1977, Jen quickly became involved in the Osakis community and began working as the site director for the Senior Dining Center. She helped start the Meals on Wheels program for Osakis.

Because of her caring nature, Jen was involved in many volunteer activities. She was a member of the Osakis VFW Auxiliary, having served as past president. She was also a member of the Osakis Senior Citizens club and the Douglas County Committee on Aging. Jen was a very active member of Immaculate Conception Church and was chairperson for the annual Summer Festival dinners for many years. She belonged to the Daughters of Isabella and served as Regent, receiving the Member of the Year Award for the State of Minnesota. She also belonged to the Christian Mothers Confraternity.

Jen was an excellent cook, baker and crafter, golfer, dancer and at Christmastime would gather with her grandchildren to make and decorate over 100 dozen cookies. She enjoyed opening her home and heart to all family members and friends. She truly was "her brothers keeper."

Jen is survived by her children, Joyce (Ronald) Watson of Glenwood, John (Bonnie) Sibell of Dayton, Mary (Gregory) Schmidt of Miltona and Julie (Greg) VanKempen of Brighton, CO; 15 grandchildren; 27great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Shirley) Hoffman of Elbert, CO; sisters, Marie Dorr of Reno, NV and Joann Klingenberg of St. Paul; sisters-in-law, Margaret Kallstrom, Harriet Sibell, Donna Myers; brothers-in-law, Marlin (Dorothy) Sibell, Gary (Linda) Sibell; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Art, in 1993; granddaughter, Jennifer Watson; and brothers, Arthur, John, Donald and Clarence Hoffman.

A Mass of Resurrection was held for Jen on Friday, December 27, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis with Fr. David Petron officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Osakis, with honorary pallbearers being the members of the Osakis VFW Auxiliary, Osakis Senior Citizens Club, the Daughters of Isabella and the Christian Mothers. Active pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.

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