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Teresa "Tess" Morkassel

Teresa "Tess" Morkassel

Teresa "Tess" Morkassel, 90, formerly of Ada, MN, died Monday, February 13, 2017, at Perham Living Center, Perham, MN,

Teresa Marie Morkassel was born August 20, 1926 to Joseph and Agnes (Adamski) Donarski in Wright Township, near Strandquist, MN. She met her future husband, John, while waitressing at a caf in Warren, MN. They were married on June 28, 1948. They have three daughters, Lois, Sonya, and Lenee. They made their home in Warren, MN; Thief River Falls, MN; Riverdale,ND; Ada, MN. On August 19, 1973 John passed away. Tess continued to live in Ada. She enjoyed working at different jobs in Ada, always trying to stay in contact with people. She put her heart into working at the church, Grace Lutheran, and found much comfort working for the Lord. Her pride and joy was her family as the girls married and families enlarged. She was blessed with four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild along with many "furry" grandchildren. She moved to Vergas Assisted Living April 2014, and in June of 2016 moved to Perham Living. At both places she received wonderful care and love from both staff and residents. She was always known for her hugs and smiles and greeting anyone that came in the residences.

Tess is survived by her daughters: Lois (Mike Ellingson) of Fargo, Sonya (Myron) Gunderson of Vergas, Lenee (Doug) Wrede of GA; grandchildren Bobbi (Jason) Hestdalen, John Wrede, Hayley Wrede; great grandchildren Courtney, Carah, Matthew , Lydia Hestdalen; and great greatgrandson Logan. Her sister Loretta Donarski, and inlaws Jean Hanson, Dianna Morkassel, Mary (Adolf) Hapka, Benno Christiansen, Neil (DuRae) Morkassel and numerous neices and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, parents, grandson Jeremy, brothers and sisters, Raymond, Conrad, Stanley Bernard, Mary, Katherine.

Her family thanks the staffs of Vergas Assisted Living and Perham Living and her medical care providers for the care and friendship they gave her.

Funeral: 10:30AM, Friday, February 17, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.

Visitation: Thursday, February 16th from 5:00-7:00PM, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.

Burial: 2:00PM Friday at Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN.

Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)