May 22, 1958 -- December 3, 2017
Funeral services for Jean (Dickman) Besendorf, 59, of Frost, wee held December 9, 2017, at United Lutheran Church, Frost with the Rev Arne Halbakken officiating. Burial was at the United Lutheran Cemetery, rural Frost. Jean died December 3, at Mayo Health Systems, Mankato, following a long illness.
Jean was born May 22, 1958 in Blue Earth, the daughter of E. James and Joann (Riefstek) Dickman. She grew up on the family farm, where she helped with chores, played away the days, and spent time with her family. Jean attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1976. After high school she attended Winona State University.
Jean held many jobs throughout her life. She helped her mother at the golf course, worked at the Green Giant Canteen, as a cashier at Red Owl, and finally as a cook at the Country Kitchen for 20 years prior to her official retirement because of health issues.
Jean married Douglas Besendorf on March 8, 1980. They lived in Bricelyn before settling in Frost. She gave birth to her first child, Stephanie Ruth on April 20, 1984 and to her second, Jennifer Joann, on September 18, 1986.
Jean was very active in her church, United Lutheran. She served on the church council, was WELCA president, financial secretary, and church secretary for a number of years. She was a devoted Vikings and Twins fan and spent many afternoons and evenings eating popcorn and yelling, "Go, Go," at the TV. She enjoyed watching the Hallmark Channel, reading romance novels and spending time with her, "Circle of Friends." She was an avid sewer and made many quilts. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, whether up north fishing or just at home together.
Jean is survived by her husband of 37 years, Douglas, daughter, Stephanie (Jordan) Hanson; brothers, Mike Dickman, Rick (Shannon) Dickman; sisters Connie Dickman, Mary (Dennis) Warner; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Jennifer, and her parents.
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