Jeanette Veronica Alker
Tuesday, May 23, 1933
Date of Death:
Friday, March 31, 2017
83 years old
Jeanette Veronica Alker
A memorial service for Jeanette V. Alker will be held at 10:30am on Friday, April 7th, 2017 in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, MN with Father Tom Loomis officiating. Visitation will be at the same location one hour prior to the service at 9:30am.
Jeanette, 83, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her family. She was born in Albany, MN on May 23, 1933 to John Thelen and Barbara Duclos Thelen.
She attended Albany High School and St. Gabriel’s School of Nursing in Little Falls, MN where she obtained her diploma in Nursing. Jeanette married James A. Alker in September 15, 1954 and moved to Rochester where she and Jim raised their family and she worked as Registered Nurse (RN). After Jeanette retired, she enjoyed volunteering at Methodist Hospital, teaching community education classes for adults with exceptional abilities, and providing respite care for the elderly. Jeanette was at her best and happiest when caring for others (once a nurse; always a nurse). Jeanette loved her family and was always very involved with her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities. She especially enjoyed travel, sports, attending Rochester Chorale and Orchestra concerts, and was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. She had many special friends and enjoyed their company, lunches, and evenings out.
Jeanette is survived by five children, Jill Frye of Park City, UT, John (Lynn) Alker of Raleigh, NC, Jean Alker of Rochester, Jeff (Kellie) Alker of Decatur, TX, Julie Speer of Kasson; two sisters, Barb Tupper of Rochester, and Sue Schiffler of Woodbury, MN; and brother, John Thelen Jr. of Sioux Falls, SD. In addition, Jeanette is survived by ten grandchildren, Bobby, Matt, Ben, Mike, Jess, Katie, Jordan, Jansen, Kayla, and Cory; and three great-grandchildren, Austin, Cameron, and Karlee. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim Sr.; oldest son, Jim Jr.; sisters, Lorraine Thelen, and Mary Alice Beuning; and brothers, Dick, David, and Jim Thelen.
She has donated her body to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Her burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to community-based services or agencies of your choice that provide care for those with special needs, disabilities, or to fund Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) research and education.
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We met Jim and Jan when Dale joined the Elks Drum and Buegle Corps, we always had a grand time together. Your Mom was a great Mom, good nurse and grand Friend. We will all miss her from our luncheon. May God bless you all and all my prayers are with you.
Kay and Dale Pearson
I am so sorry for your loss of Jan. She was an amazing nurse who was part of our team for many years. She had a very humorous way of sharing a story that brings a smile to me. I hope you're great memories can keep her a live in your hearts forever too. Thank you for sharing her with us all those years.
So sorry for your loss. May you keep your special memories close to your heart.
The loss of a loved one is a very sad and heavy load to bare. May you find comfort at Acts 24:15 "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Please accept my deepest sympathy, and for more comfort you may refer to jw.org.
Extending our sympathies to all the family on the loss of Jeanette. She was a much loved and appreciated instructor at Community Education and has been missed by the Adults with Exceptional Abilities program since her retirement.
Rochester Community Education
Adults with Exceptional Abilities Program
Barb, very sorry for you on the loss of your sister. She was a great nurse.
The family of Sally Clark wish to send our deepest sympathy to your family. Jan was a dear friend of Sally's and they had some wonderful luncheons and laughs together.
May God's peace and comfort surround you....
To the Alker Family, so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. She will be missed by many. Loved being neighbors to you and all the babysitting of the 5 oldest Alkers. Lots of fond memories!
Barb, I'm sure you are going to miss Jan, you shared many stories as sisters and nurses.
Sorry I won't be able to attend her services as I will be out of town but Please know you will all be in my thoughts and prayers on Friday and always.