Marie Johanne Flesner, age 93 of Tracy, passed away of natural causes on Friday, October 07, 2016 at Friendship Village Health Center in Bloomington. A memorial service is open to the public at 11:00 am Saturday, October 15th at the Tracy Alliance Church. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm Friday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home, and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. A private family interment will be held at Gales Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com to Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home.
Marie was born April 6, 1923 on the farm in North Hero Township, Redwood County, MN to Wilhelm and Johanne (Deling) Hoffrogge. She graduated from Tracy High School in 1941. Marie was united in marriage with Shirley Arthur Flesner on September 21, 1943 at Nettiewyynnt Methodist Church in Gales Township. Together they farmed with Shirley’s brother Richard Flesner near Milroy for a few years, then near Garvin until 1948. In 1949 they moved to Ann Township south of Revere and farmed for fourteen years. In March 1963 they bought a farm near Renville, operating it for two years before purchasing in Gales Township. Shirley retired from farming in 1993 and in 1995 they moved into Tracy. Marie was very active at the Tracy Alliance Church where she served with the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship, and taught toddlers in Sunday School for decades. Marie shared their home by hosting church speakers and visiting pastors, and extended family. Marie enjoyed reading, embroidery and crochet, and rider mowing the lawn. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Marie is survived by her children: Barbara (James) Rightler of Eden Prairie, Bruce (Anna Jeanne) Flesner of rural Tracy, Terry (Carol) Flesner of Walnut Grove, Timothy Flesner (Dianne Williams) of Bloomington and Brian (Donna) Flesner of Tulsa, OK. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren; sisters: Margaret Flesner of Phoenix, AZ and Minnie (Glen) Kronback of Lamberton; and many other relatives and friends. Preceding Marie in death are her parents, husband Shirley in 2008, infant son Jonathan, and siblings: Wilhelm Hoffrogge, Anna Pederson, John Hoffrogge, Remmer Hoffrogge, Lena Dehne, Helka Gunder, Henry Hoffrogge, Herman Hoffrogge, and Elfreda Carlson.