Jean Evangeline Forsberg (née Hubred), 85, of Lauderdale, died Nov. 22, 2023.
Jean was born in Erdahl Township. Her birth mother died when she was born, and she lived with her grandparents until her father remarried when she was five years old. She then moved to Elbow Lake, where she grew up. She graduated from Elbow Lake High School in 1955. She attended Concordia Moorhead for one year, leaving school due to financial concerns. She started her career as a secretary at Lutheran Welfare of North Dakota.
Jean met Harold Forsberg in 1957. They married Aug. 1, 1959, in Elbow Lake. The couple settled in St. Paul and Jean began working at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology. She worked there for more than 50 years and continued her commitment to her career, working well beyond her “retirement.”
Harry and Jean’s daughter, Julie, was born in 1966. That same year, they built the Lauderdale home where she lived for the remainder of her life. Jean was fiercely dedicated to her family, as well as her numerous hobbies. She was passionate about traveling, visiting a variety of places in Europe and across the United States. Jean was an avid reader with an expansive vocabulary that assisted her with her other passions for word games and puzzles.
Jean was very tech-savvy, spending a lot of time on her Kindle and keeping up with the family on Snapchat. Her checkbook was always balanced to the penny, and she loved animals, as evidenced by her many pets through the years. She was dedicated to her church and to her exercise groups. She was proudly 100% Norwegian.
Jean was a happy individual with a notable sparkle in her eyes. She could make everyone laugh and loved to spread her light to others.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings, Arlyne and Omer. She will be dearly missed by her siblings, Earl and Gail; daughter, Julie (Dave); and two grandchildren.
Her service has been held at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, with interment at Union Cemetery.