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Josephine M Konkel

May 16, 1918 ~ December 22, 2018 (age 100)

Josephine Mary Konkel, 100, of Lake City, MN, previously of Minneiska, MN, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Care Center, Lake City, MN, with family at her side.

Josephine “Jo” was born May 16, 1918, to Peter and Elizabeth Leisen Giem in the area of Kellogg, MN.  On January 25, 1938, she married Gerald Paine and they had two daughters, Janice and Virginia. Gerald passed way on March 16, 1958 at the age of 39 and Jo raised their girls.  She then married Albin “Jake” Konkel on February 19, 1977 and he preceded her in death February 23, 1997. 

While Jo was busy raising her daughters, she had a hair salon in her home, as well as working at St. Ann’s in Winona, MN as a hair dresser.  She lived most of her married life in Minneiska, MN and spent her last several years in Lake City, MN.  Her priorities were her faith and her family.  She also enjoyed crocheting and made many afghans for the elderly and her whole family.  In her younger years, she loved to fish, garden, and can.  She was a sacristan for many years at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minneiska, MN.

She is survived by her daughter, Ginger Marien, Lake City, MN; and gained 4 children with the marriage to Jake Konkel; Bob, Jerry, Tom, and Barb. She has a total of 21 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 30 great, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands:  Gerald and Jake; a daughter, Janice Steffen; grandson, Todd Balow, and siblings; Joseph, Larry, Leo, Margaret, Beatrice, and Mary.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake City, MN with Fr. James Russell officiating.  Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Minneiska, MN.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Friday at the church.

Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN.  Memorials or remembrances may be left at www.abbottfh.com

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