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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 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.

10 thoughts on “HARRIET J. DEJONG”

  1. I’m sorry for your loss. I only met her once at thanksgiving in 2017.
    RIP Andrew’s grandma Harriet
    Lindsay Howe

  2. Rod and I are so sorry for the loss of “Jean”. I sure enjoyed our visits Rod and Jean would tell family stories and laugh. She will be missed.

  3. We want to express our sympathy to your extended family in the passing of Harriet “Jean”. She was always a ray of sunshine and smiles. Remembering when she, John and kids would come to the farm with their camper. Thinking of you and may God give you peace and comfort.

  4. Jean and John were such a fun couple. I remember as a kid they came to my parents house with their camper and camped in our back yard. Of course they were in R.V. Iowa for our annual family reunion that happened every June like clockwork. They will both be missed. Giving prayers and hugs to each of you children and grandchildren. Janet & Roger Cromwell (Verburg)

  5. So sorry to hear of Jeans passing……….but know she is in a better place! I will always remember her hearty laugh. She was a wonderful person to know. Prayers for all the family in her passing on to glory!! Hugs.. Love Ken and Mary Lou Verburg

  6. Deepest sympathy to the family of Jean De Jong. I am like the rest and can remember them camping at the farm with all the little kids ( or they seemed little to me). We always had so much fun. I think they stayed at Colton’s town home also with their camper. She was such a jolly and upbeat person. Memories will help with the healing. Prayers Warren and Betty (Vink) Oberg

  7. Sympathies to Jean’s family. I am another cousin who remembers Jean and John with the kids coming to visit on the farm in Iowa. They were with their camper and made a point to visit all of the Vink relatives in the area. Many fond memories of them coming to visit us and also of my family visiting Aunt Alice in Minnesota and seeing Jean and her family there. Jeff & Laura (Reuvers) Riley

  8. We enjoyed the fellowship with the DeJong family as neighbors while our children were growing up. Their girls were good friends with our daughters and George spent many hours doing field work for me which we so appreciated. We have many fond memories from those times. Our sympathy to all the family.

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