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In Memoriam (June 2016)

Beth R. Jarvis was a project coordinator for Extension where she trained Master Gardeners, retiring in 2008. She also was a long time graphic designer of the Finnish American Cultural Association newsletter. She lived in Crystal and passed away on June 16 at age 64.

Floyd Wesley Jorgensen, age 89, of Bemidji, died April 4. Floyd worked as an agricultural Extension agent on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He is remembered for his devotion to the Red Lake Nation and teaching his love of nature to others.

Mercedes L. Kirk, of Dayton, was 95 and passed away June 16. She was a dedicated Extension nutrition educator for Hennepin County.

Russell Krech,
a long time Houston County Extension agent in Caledonia, died June 15 at age 91. Russ was a strong educator in the southeast area as well as a great supporter of the 4-H program.

Robert Leary passed away April 14 in Le Center, at age 84. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he received a bachelor of science degree from the University and worked as an Extension agent in Lac qui Parle, Jackson and Le Sueur counties. Bob delighted in his involvement with community gardens, 4-H and many civic groups.

Richard Moreland served as an Extension educator with Minnesota 4-H for over 22 years. Richard was committed to working with young people to cultivate their leadership skills and to help them find their passion through project-based learning. He led 4-H programs in northern Minnesota and later worked in Ramsey and Hennepin Counties. He passed away on March 31.

Margueriete E. Green Sanford of Mora, died on March 20 at age 95. With a degree in nutritional science, she served as a dietitian in the Army Air Corp in World War II. Margueriete worked many years as an Extension agent both at the local and district level and was most noted as an educator and mentor for thousands of young men and women in the 4-H program.

Richard “Dick” Swanson
was 90 when he passed away on May 27. He graduated from the University in 1951 and then served in the Korean War. He was the Anoka County Extension director for 34 years and also had an appointment as a University professor emeritus.

Anna Theresa “Ann” Turek died April 2, at age 99. She worked as the secretary for Extension in Itasca County for 46 years, retiring in 1981. Ann was active with the Itasca County Fair as an organizer, a 4-H Club member, and as an adult mentor and lifelong exhibitor.
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