LONGVILLE - Mary "Pat" MacQueen, age 80, of Longville, Minn., did Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby, Minn.
Pat was born March 9, 1925, in Mapleton, Minn., the daughter of Joseph and Julia (O'Conner) Stevens. She graduated in 1943 from Kasota High School in Kasota, Minn. Following high school Pat stayed on in Kasota for one year working as a welder for the war effort. She worked eleven and one-half hours a day, six days a week welding pontoon bridges. She then joined the Army Air Force and took surgical medical training in El Paso, Texas. Pat was sent to Luke Field, Ariz., where she worked in the flight surgeons office. She was in the armed services for three years and attained the rank of Corporal. After her time in the service she moved back to Minnesota and attended college at Mankato State University, graduating with a bachelor of science degree. She began teaching in Judson, Minn., and was there for five years, in St. Clair, Minn., for 15 years and the last 13 years of teaching was spent in Longville, Minn., teaching fourth grade. After 33 years of teaching she retired in 1985. At that point in her life she and husband Bruce operated SaraJac Resort on Woman Lake for eight years. Pat loved golf and canoeing with friends in the boundary waters. She will be remembered for the impact she made on so many young lives during her many years of service in the field of education.
She is survived by one son, Peter Johns (Ruby), and their four children, Lee, Mindy, Amanda and Charlie of Henderson, Minn.; two brothers, Thomas Stevens (Marcia) of Brainerd, Minn., and John F. Stevens (Millie) of Casa Grande, N.M.; five stepchildren, Vicki Coleman, Fort Collins, Colo., Jeff MacQueen, Bismarck, N.D., Kim Rose, Toluca Lake, Calif., Susan Bohn, Chanhassen, Minn., and Steven MacQueen, Maple Grove; and one stepgrandson, Sean MacQueen, Greenfield, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bruce, two sisters and one brother.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Longville, Minn., with Father Roland Antus officiating. A family gathering time will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minn., at a later date.
Thomas-Dennis Funeral Home of Longville is handling funeral arrangements.
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