Derla Jean Lehnherr

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Date of Birth:
Friday, December 1, 1933
Date of Death:
Monday, May 4, 2020
Age:
86 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, December 1, 1933
Date of Death:
Monday, May 4, 2020
Age:
86 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, December 1, 1933
Date of Death:
Monday, May 4, 2020
Age:
86 years old

Derla Jean Lehnherr

Obituary of Derla Jean Lehnherr

Derla Jean Lehnherr, 86, formerly of Rochester, died May 4, 2020. She passed away peacefully in her bed at the Aurora on France Senior Living Center in Edina, Minnesota, where she had resided for the last two years.

Derla Jean Arbogast was born December 1, 1933 in Miller, South Dakota to Ray and Leona (Rumelhart) Arbogast. She grew up in Hand County on the family farm. Derla Jean began her early education in rural schools, receiving her diploma from Miller High School with the Class of 1951. She graduated from St. John School of Nursing in Huron, South Dakota as a Registered Nurse in 1954. She was known to her childhood friends and family as “Derla,” and as “Jean” to the friends she met after leaving South Dakota.

Jean married Gerald Fredrick “Jerry” Lehnherr on September 25, 1954, in New Hampton, Iowa. After their marriage, Jean and Jerry settled in Rochester, where they raised their six children. Jean worked as a Registered Nurse at Methodist Hospital for many years, ending as an emergency room nurse before her retirement from Mayo in 1989.

Jean enjoyed embroidery, quilting, needle work, gardening, genealogy, traveling and attending Minnesota Twins Games. Her family was her life, and she deeply loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild. Jean was devout in her Catholic faith and active at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Jean is survived by her children: Paul (Cindy) Lehnherr of Jackson, GA, Therese (Daniel) Serres of Clackamas, OR, Diane (Tracy) Vig of St. Louis Park, MN, Patrick (Cheryl) Lehnherr of Savage, MN; 16 Grandchildren; 12 Great-Grandchildren; one Great-Great-Grandchild; Brother,  Larry Arbogast of Miller, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry, son Joseph and daughter Suzanne.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Rochester. She will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester, MN.

Memorial donations may be given in her honor to The Franciscans Educational Ministry in Bogota, Columbia https://rochesterfranciscan.org/ministries/missions/mission-in-bogota/ mailing address, 1001 14th Street Northwest, Rochester, MN 55901, 507-282-7442 or Holy Spirit Catholic Church, https://holyspiritrochester.org, mailing address, 5455 50th Avenue Northwest, Rochester, MN 55901,507-280-0638

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I'm so sorry.   I hope the good memories will help you through this difficult time. 

Dear Lehnherr Family,                                                    


We were so very sorry to hear about your Mother. Hearing about it reminded us of all the helpful things that your family did for us. When we were a young family, your parents helped us out it more ways than I can say. Your parents were very special people with hearts of gold. We will treasure them always. Prayers and wishes for God' comfort are being sent to all of you.


sincerely. 


The Walt Timm Family

I worked with Jean for many years in the emergency room at Methodist Hospital.  She was a very kind wonderful lady whom we all loved and enjoyed working with.  Prayers and my deepest condolences to the family.🙏

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I worked for years with Jean when I floated to the Methodist Hospital emergency room. Many times she was the charge nurse and she always made me felt welcomed, checked in on me and assisted if I needed help with my patients. Such a lovely woman.  I was honored and enjoyed my many visits with her and my mother Leone Trygstad, up until you moved her closer to family and out of Rochester. She will be missed and remembered. Peace and strength to all of you. Sheri Trygstad Urban

I'm so sorry to learn of Jean's death. I met Jean and Jerry when they came to Tutwiler, MS to deliver truck loads of


clothes and other items to the Bargain Barn that was sponsored by the Tutwiler Clinic. Many times they were on


their way to visit Paul and family in GA. I remember they loved to stay at the Tunica Casinos and frequently win.


May you be comforted in your sorrow through the love and support of family, friends and parish community.

So sorry to hear about Derla. We were classmates. My sympathy. Love from Harriet. 

Lehnherr girl's- It slipped my mind to wish you all Happy Mother's Day. To dear Jean, mom, and all mom's  in heaven, we love and pray for you. 💖and🙏 Jeanne (Trusty) Vehrenkamp 

What a sad end to a long and full life. Our mother alway enjoyed her visits with Jean, they always seemed to be on the same page with whatever they were talking about. Even near the end, mom would talk about Jean and ask how she was doing.


We pray that you all fine comfort in the numerous memories you shared with her. 

Wonderful memories of our down the street neighbors. Suzanne and I had many sleepovers and tent sleepovers in our back yards. Jean was so wonderful. She also made wonderful lunches for our many picnics. Many prayers sent to dear Jean's family. May you all remember the wonderful memories of your mom and dad. Dear Jean please give your friend and my mom and dad hugs and love. Jeanne (Trusty) Vehrenkamp 

Thinking of you all with love and prayers 🙏🙏

Deepest sympathies to all of You, I have many good memories of your mom. From childhood on 12th. Ave. All the way to answering to her calls down in the RMH emergency room. Remember the good times...

Deepest sympathies to all of You, I have many good memories of your mom. From childhood on 12th. Ave. All the way to answering to her calls down in the RMH emergency room. Remember the good times...

I am so very sorry for all the families. Derla always was so special in my life. I started genealogy many years ago One day this Derla Jean Lehnherr emailed me letting me know she is my mothers cousin in the Rumelhart side of our families. She was way ahead of me in the history for all our families. I have to say it had to be maybe three years or even more that we talked on the computer at least once a day. She visited me at my home in DeSmet, SD each time she drove through on her way to visit her brother Larry in Miller, SD. 


Last time I was able see her and spend time with her when she surprised my husband Harold and I in DeSmet, SD for our 50th wedding anniversary June 2015. 


Need to tell the story about Derla, my mom's aunt Treva from Huron, SD and my sister Ellen Vannoort, us four headed to North Dakota to a Rumelhart family reunion. Us old four ladies had more fun than we ever could have thought. We laughed like teenage girls it is definitely on my life's most fun list. 


Thank you Derla Jean Lehnherr, you introduced me to a part of my family that I might have never known about if you had not emailed into my life. I am at this very moment thinking about when I read your first email I was so excited so happy you were not only a part of my life but a family member of my life. I do miss those days but I will always carry them in my heart. Love you Sandra Swaney, Sioux Falls, SD  

The photos that were posted yesterday showed a person full of life and love.  Some of the photos could have been Katie dressed in clothes of the times.  Katie definitely got some of her beauty from your moms side of the family.  If there is anything that I can do, please let me know.  I’m thinking of you guys and sending love and hugs.  Love you.