1924 – Algene Clarice Leiferman – 2020
Algene was born June 10, 1924, in Westbrook Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Clarence and Alice (Sandbo) Hanson. She was baptized on July 6, 1924, and confirmed June 18, 1939, both at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Algene attended country school district 68 near Westbrook until eighth grade and then attended high school in Westbrook graduating in 1942. She then enrolled at Mankato Commercial College in the fall of 1942, finishing in May 1943. Algene went to work at Mankato Savings and Building Association as a secretary/bookkeeper. She later worked at Will Auto Company of Mapleton, Minnesota as a bookkeeper. On June 9, 1947, Algene was united in marriage to Bernard Leiferman at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. The couple made their home on a farm near Walnut Grove, Minnesota for several years before moving into Walnut Grove. Algene helped her husband with his seed corn dealer business. Her family was most important to her. She loved preparing meals for everyone and was famous for her apple bars and Lefse. Algene held offices in ALCW while attending St. Olaf and English Lutheran Church. She was a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Walnut Grove American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, sewing and making clothes, traveling and meeting new people. Algene enjoyed working on projects in the community and watching softball and basketball games. Algene passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living in Mankato at the age of 95.
Algene is survived by her children: Alan Leiferman, Owatonna, MN and Sheryl (Tom) Holmes, Madison Lake, MN; grandchildren: Nathan (Kasey) Leiferman, Nicholas Leiferman, Evan (Kelly) Holmes and Greg Holmes; great-grandchildren: Joie, Crew and Jase Leiferman, and Myla Anderson; siblings: Clair “Bud” Hanson, Sonja Swenson, Karen Shaplin, Twyla Otto, and Wydon Hanson; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Gale; brothers: Dale, Charles, Garry, Gaylon, Myrl, and Dennis Hanson.
Funeral Services at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at the English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at church on Wednesday. Interment is in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Mayo Hospice of Mankato. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home assisting the family with arrangements.