Mary Ellen (Jones) Prestegaard, 1942

Mary Ellen (Jones) Prestegaard, 91, of Lee, Ill., passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center.

She was born April 7, 1922, in Lime Springs, Iowa, the daughter of Glen and Ruby (Stockdale) Jones. Mary Ellen attended school in Lime Springs and graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she met her husband Henry “Hank” Prestegaard ‘46.

Mary Ellen and Hank were married July 15, 1943, in Sherman, Texas, before he went overseas with the U.S. Army during World War II. Mary Ellen taught school in Latimer, Iowa, then at Lee Elementary School in Lee. In 1976, Mary Ellen opened the Hardanger Hus Scandinavian Gift Shop in their home and operated the shop for over 35 years. Mary Ellen was very active in Village of Lee activities and at the First Lutheran Church in Lee.

Survivors include three sons, Douglas Prestegaard ‘66 (Sharon) of Tampa, Fla., Henry (Ann) of Steward, and Eric Prestegaard ’69, (Lu (Haag) Prestegaard ‘70) of Bath, Ohio; five grandchildren, Dr. Ben Prestegaard ’92, (Stacey) of Kent, Ohio, Matt Prestegaard ’96, (JEN (RODELL) PRESTEGAARD ‘98) of Newport, Minn., Ingrid (Philip) Royster of Tampa, Fla., Fay Prestegaard of Steward and Michelle Sprowls of DeKalb; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Emily and Ashley Royster of Tampa, Fla., Logan Prestegaard of Kent, Ohio, and Maren Prestegaard of Newport, Minn. Also surviving are three sisters, Jeanette Andrea of Ames, Iowa, Olive Walker of Urbandale, Iowa, and Marilyn Moen of Reads Landing Minn., and Elberta Ala.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 2001; and a brother, John G. Jones of Lime Springs, Iowa.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 20 at First Lutheran Church in Lee with Reverend Henrietta Milner officiating. Burial followed at First Lutheran Cemetery in Lee.

Memorials have been established for First Lutheran Church in Lee and DeKalb County Hospice.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.