Jeanette Eileen Tomlinson, age 96, of Dassel, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Parmly on the Lake in Chisago City, MN.
She was born June 7, 1923, in Dassel, the daughter of Karl and Ruth (Oster) Skalberg.
Jeanette grew up in the Dassel area, was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a member of the Church of Christ in Dassel.
She graduated from Dassel High School in 1941, and after working in Minneapolis, joined the WACS during World War II.
Jeanette was united in marriage to Clyde Tomlinson July 31, 1945, in Washington, DC. Following their discharge from the armed services, Jeanette and Clyde made their home in Minneapolis for a year before moving back to Dassel. To this marriage, three children were born.
After her children were raised, Jeanette was employed at Holm Brothers Hardware Store for several years. She then worked as a receptionist for Gordon Bengtson’s dental office, retiring in 1985.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and always had coffee and a treat ready when they came to visit.
Jeanette loved spending time outside, enjoying the beauty of nature. Music was also an important part of her life, and she could often be found playing the piano or organ.
Jeanette had served as the church organist for many years. She loved the Lord deeply and praised him in word, deed, and song.
She is survived by her children, Eileen (Rev. Charly) Dye of Wabash, IN, Gayle (Rev. Larry) Medcalfe of Indianapolis, IN, and Tim (Anita) Tomlinson of Blaine, MN; along with six grandchildren, Chad and Luke Medcalfe, Jeremy, Jeff, and Emily (Morris) Dye, and Karyn Tomlinson; 10 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Ken Skalberg, Alan Skalberg, both of Dassel, and Gary Skalberg of Chanhassen.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde; her parents, Karl and Ruth Skalberg; and two brothers, Ron, and Robert Skalberg.
A funeral service took place Thursday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Dassel, followed by interment in the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, one hour prior to the funeral service, at the church.