Eileen Rosella Jennissen, 79, of Staples passed away Monday, May 29th, 2017 at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo, MN. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 2nd at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples with Father Korf officiating. Visitation will be, Thursday, June 1st, from 4-8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples and two hours prior to services at the church. Interment will be at St. Anthony of Padua in Sauk Centre.
Arrangements are with Taylor Funeral Home in Staples.
Eileen Rosella Kemper was born September 3, 1937 in Sauk Centre, MN to Herman and Elizabeth (Winters) Kemper. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1954 and married her high school sweetheart, William (Bill) Jennissen on September 3rd, 1956 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Eileen and Bill farmed in Sauk Centre until 1978 when they moved to Staples. They owned and operated Tony’s Chicken until 1989. Eileen then worked for Lakewood Health Systems in Staples as an Activities Assistant until her retirement in 2008. Her greatest passion was music. She taught private piano lessons and played piano and organ in Padua, Sauk Centre, Staples, Verndale and Motley for over 50 years. She loved to sing and nurtured the love of music in all of her children. She also played saxophone and accordion. Eileen was an avid reader and a lifetime lover of learning. As a child, she asked for a Nancy Drew book each Christmas and proudly owned a whole set. She enjoyed tending her flowerbeds and being outdoors in the shade. Her favorite flower was the rose. Other hobbies included sewing, playing cards and spending time with her family. She believed in using leisure time to do something worthwhile. Eileen loved the Lord deeply, talked to Him daily, and lived a life of patience, kindness and humility. She was a wonderful listener, thoughtful and sincere. One of her favorite quotes was, “Those who have little do not have less. Those who have much do not have more.” She proved this to be true in all that she did.
Eileen is survived by two sisters, Sr. Marian Kemper of St. Cloud and Jeanette (Donald) Orth of Sauk Centre; three daughters, Julie (Paul) Konz of St. Cloud, Laurie (Steve) Pelkey of Brainerd and Paula (Keith) Brown of Canal Winchester, OH; nine sons, Mark (Sharlene) Jennissen of Miltona, Neil (Amy) Jennissen of Isanti, William “Billy” Jennissen, Jr. of Isle, Nicholas (Paulette) Jennissen of Seward, AK, Dean (Lisa) Jennissen of Buffalo, Keith (Jill) Jennissen of Byron, Steven (Sarah) Jennissen of Staples, Lynn (Kessie) Jennissen of Foley and Jesse (Kirsten) Jennissen of Cambridge; thirty-four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Elizabeth Kemper; husband William Jennissen, Sr. and two infant sisters, Karen and Joyce.
Memorial donations in memory of Eileen can be made to Lakewood Health Systems at http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com/about-us/foundation/donate/. Cards may be mailed to 718 6th Ave. NW, Buffalo, MN 55313.
Caring for Eileen and her family
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