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H. Tolzman webphotoMrs. Jean Tolzman, of Ogilvie, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  She was 71 years old

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Marc Freiberg officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 4-6 pm on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

INTERMENT will be held in the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.

Jean Tolzman, of Ogilvie, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 71 years old.

Jean was born October 26, 1943 in International Falls, Minnesota to Harry and Ann (Ihrig) Loken.  As a youth she, as the second of three siblings and the daughter of career educators, lived in several small communities across Minnesota. She graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1961 and St. Cloud State University.  Shortly after college Jean began dating Eugene Tolzman, a teacher in Ogilvie, and they were married on June 11, 1967.  Children Bradley (46), Krista (44) and Michael (42) soon followed.

After short teaching stints in Sauk Center and Mora to start her career, Jean spent the next 30+ years teaching elementary school in Ogilvie.  Jean additionally directed Ogilvie’s Community Education programs for many years.  Mentoring and shaping children wasn’t simply a career to Jean, it was her life’s passion.  She loved being a teacher and she absolutely loved all of her students!  Jean was additionally a 14 year member of St. Paul Lutheran Church’s choir, a 27 year veteran of Ogilvie Fire Department’s Fireflies, a member of the church’s quilting group, and for more years than anyone can remember, she’s been a member of The Card Club.  While Jean loved to travel, that paled in comparison to her love for spending time with her grandchildren  She was a truly wonderful wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew her, and she will be missed tremendously.
Jean was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and a niece, Elisabeth. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Eugene; children Bradley (Jennifer), Krista (Brian) Emerson and Michael (Noreen); her grandchildren, Josh, Kellyn, Malia and Jack; two sisters, Betsy Meistrell and Cathy Larson; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Marc Freiberg officiating.  Music will be provided by Karen Kirschner-Danielson.  Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.  Arrangements made by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com


12 thoughts on “JEAN TOLZMAN”

  1. Our deepest sympathy, Gene and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Jean has been such a good friend all these years.

    Kathy and Rolland

  2. Dear Tolzman Family,

    Jean was one of my favorite teachers. She touched so many childrens lives, mine included! I thought of her often.

    May her sense of humor and caring nature comfort you during this time.

  3. Jean Tolzman was a favorite of everyone she met. Always found the positive in everyone and made them feel like they were the most important person in th world! We will miss her smile, her sense of humor and her laugh. But most of all we will miss her kind heart!

  4. I am so sad to hear of Jean’s passing. She was a terrific teacher to three of our girls at Mora Elementary School. Whenever we would meet on the street, we would have fun reminiscing.

    Our deepest sympathy to you and all the family.

    Mary and Leroy Bremer

  5. Mrs. Tolzman was a great teacher and I was lucky enough to have her during 2nd Grade. The other commenters were right–she had a great heart and was full of compassion. RIP

  6. My condolences to your family. She was a great teacher and friend. She will always be remembered for her happy spirit and kind heart.

  7. My deepest sympathy to her family. She was a wonderful teacher. She also taught my daughter in second grade. I will always remember her with a smile on her face.

  8. My deepest sympathy to Gene, Brad, Krista and Mike . Your mom is teacher I will always remember and will be greatly missed.

  9. Gene, Brad, Mike, Krista and family,

    Sorry to hear of Jean’s passing, you have our condolences. Will always remember her positive and outgoing personality.

    Aaron Hass and family of Hugo

  10. My deepest condolences to the Tolzman family. Mrs. Tolzman was my kindergarten teacher in 1967. I was a scared little girl and she was a gentle, kind and caring teacher and helped make the transition so much easier. She has always been one of the most inspirational people in my life. She also went on to teach my three children with the same kind, caring nature. She was a very special lady.

  11. I’m sorry to hear about Mrs. Tolzman passing. I remember her as my 2nd grade teacher (believe it was 1980). I was even classmates with her son, Mike. I’m afraid I don’t remember much of that time, but I do remember her being very kind and a good teacher.

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