AITKIN — Jeannette Marie Zilverberg, age 91, of Aitkin, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Jeannette was born April 30, 1920, on a dairy farm near Sabin, Minn., the daughter of Ernest and Rosalia (Schroeder) Krabbenhoft. She attended elementary school in Sabin and Moorhead, graduated from Moorhead High School, and earned her bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in 1941. She taught at schools in Drake, N.D., Clark, S.D.; and Appleton, Minn., before arriving at Aitkin in 1948 to teach senior high home economics. During her 28 years at Aitkin High School, she also taught evening classes and was advisor to the Senior High FHA. She served as a mentor for 12 girls who were elected to FHA District, State, and National offices. Jeannette retired in 1976.
After retirement Jeannette kept busy with fund raising projects, served as city chair for the American Cancer Society, served on the Aitkin County Hospice Board (where she was treasurer for five years), was an active member and officer of the Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club and Aitkin Car Club. She was a member of Woodland No. 122 Order of the Eastern Star and former member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 151. She enjoyed traveling, attending car shows with her husband, crafts (including doll making), flower gardening, baking and candy making.
Jeannette married Michael “Mike” Zilverberg on June 25, 1950, at Moorhead, Minn. They had been married for nearly 54 years at the time of Mike’s death in 2004.
Jeannette is survived by nieces and nephews and many special friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Ernest Krabbenhoft Jr.
Services will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with the Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the Michael Zilverberg Education Endowment Fund at Riverwood Health Care Center, established by Jeannette to aid in the education and recruitment of health care professionals. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com