She was a long-time Euclid and Crookston resident.

Mary Ann Pahlen, age 89, Crookston, MN, and former longtime Euclid, MN resident, died Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013 at Riverview Health in Crookston with her loving family at her side. Mary was born on January 4, 1924 to Frank and Emma (Klos) Stroot in Belgium Township, where she also was raised and attended school. Mary was united in marriage with Jacob Pahlen on Nov. 14, 1945 and dedicated her life to raising their eleven children on their farm near Euclid. Jake died on April 24, 1971. Mary continued living on the farm until she moved to Crookston in 1992.

Mary enjoyed sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting and making lap robes for veterans and the nursing home. She was a volunteer at the Riverview Nursing Home and for the Sisters of St. Benedict. She was a member of the Birthday Club, St. Mary's Church Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family playing cards, especially Smear and Double Solitaire. Mary was known for baking and sharing her homemade bread and other goodies.

She is survived by her children: Bill (Lois) Pahlen of Euclid, Joyce (Walt) Christensen of Crookston, Kathy (Skip) Cormican of Battle Ground, WA, Lois (Jim) Chandler of Crookston, Carol (Neil) Parkin of Euclid, Dan (Judy) Pahlen of Warren, Margaret (Chuck) Huston of Crookston, Jerry (Julie) Pahlen of Roseau, Mary Kay (Chris) Plante of Crookston, and Mark (Maria) Pahlen of Roseau; a daughter-in-law: Les Pahlen of Grand Forks; 26 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 15 great great-grandchildren; two brothers: Bernard of Crookston and Bob of St. Michael; a sister: Clarice Ellingson of St. Michael; a number of in-laws, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Irene Fitzsimmons and Dorothy Westphal; brothers: David, Leo, Walter, Jerome, Joe, Francis, and Bill; her husband: Jacob Pahlen; a son: Ken in 2008; grandchildren: Lisa Weiland and Jamie Mercier; great-grandchildren: Marik Peterson and Hannah Chandler.

Mary's funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Euclid, MN. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, in Crookston, on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery, Euclid.

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