Harriet DeJong, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at The Gardens at Foley. She was 79 years old.
A Private Family Graveside Service will be held
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family
Harriet Jean De Jong, of Mora, MN passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at The Gardens of Foley. She was 79 years old.
Harriet was born on November 12, 1941 in Hull, Iowa to Harry and Alice (Vink) Norman. She grew up on a farm in South Dakota until 1956 when her parents and siblings moved to Cloquet, MN. She attended Carlton School until 1959 when the family moved to Ogilvie, MN where she graduated in 1960.
She met the love of her life, John De Jong Jr., in Ogilvie They married on March 24, 1961 at the Christian Reformed Church in Ogilvie and were together for 46 years before John passed away in 2008. Together they had four children.
Most of Harriet’s life she lived in the Ogilvie and Mora area. She was a homemaker until the kids were older and then worked for Kanabec County Public Health for 23 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mora where she was involved in the Ladies Circle and deacon board. She also volunteered at One More Time Clothing Store, Seven County Senior Federation, and the Mora Senior Dining Center.
Harriet’s hobbies included sewing, making quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, doing jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, playing games with her family and camping. She loved spending birthdays and holidays with family and playing cards while having coffee with her friends at Woodcrest Manor. She enjoyed her life with God, the Bible, church, her husband, family, and friends. She was a wonderful person to know and always had a smile for everyone. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Alice, her husband John, a nephew, son-in-law aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
Harriet is survived by her children, George (significant other Jen Gackstetter) De Jong of Ogilvie, Janice Droll (widow of Jeffrey) of Fridley, Deloris (Michael) Katke of Milaca, and Denise (Richard) Porter of St. Paul, NE; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one brother Harlan (JoAnn) Norman of Brainerd; sisters Ruth (Richard) De Jong of Blaine and Linda (Robert) Schreiner of New Hope; and many other family and friends.