Margaret Jennings — Austin
Margaret G. (Diggins) Jennings, 80, of Austin, died Saturday (July 2, 2016) at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson.
Margaret was born Sept. 7, 1935, in Austin, to William and Margaret Diggins. She married Roger Thomas Jennings on Aug. 4, 1956. They had three sons, Steven, John and James. Margaret loved her family with all of her heart and her extended family as well. She was truly a homemaker. She had a love of people, and she wanted to be with them, be a friend to them, help them if help was needed and she did all these things with her special gifts of compassion and love. Margaret also loved ceramics, she made them for years and she gave them to the people she loved and they were beautiful.
The family moved to Elysian, Minn., Reeds Lake, for a time and later to Waseca, however, Austin was their home. Tom was a sportsman and Margaret loved that her boys were exposed to all kinds of sports. While living in these areas, Margaret volunteered for Social Services and served them well, especially with children who she loved to help. She lived her life with faith.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Jennings of Byron; sons, Steve (Michelle) of Rochester, John (Phyllis) of Lake City and Jim of Mankato; grandsons, Matt and Joe; granddaughters, Patricia, Lauren and Debby; great-grandson, Max; sister, Penny Kvam of Austin; sisters-in-law Judy Lindal of Portland, Ore., and Charlotte Keller of Austin; brother-in-law Ray Jennings of Benson, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Violet (Howard) Hansen, Jimmy Diggins, Arch (Cletus) Heimer, Bob Diggins, Patty (Al) Puettmann; nephew, Tommy Heimer; and nieces, Nancy Heimer, Sharon Johansen, Linda Peck and Lori Puettmann-Mayne.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a CCW rosary at 4 p.m. Friday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and an hour before the service Saturday at the church. Interment will be at a later date at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimers Foundation of Rochester.
The family would like to thank the staff of Prairie Meadows Memory Care for their steadfast care and compassion throughout Margaret's stay.
Condolences may be left at www.mayerfh.com.