Mrs. Mavis Jessie went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, peacefully at home. She is preceded in death by her husband Lyle Jessie, her parents Peter and Mae Jarstad, her brother Donavan and infant brother Everett, and granddaughter Sarah Beth Jessie, along with a daughter-in-law Sharmian Jessie.
Mavis was born on May 24th, 1928, to Peter and Mae Jarstad and was their youngest child and only daughter. She grew up in rural Northfield on a large dairy farm where she spent her childhood playing with her best friend Lorraine Ellingson. Her and Lorraine were inseparable and enjoyed a long friendship up until Lorraine’s passing. Sleepovers and playing with Lorraine’s puppies, as well as going to church every Sunday morning were a big part of Mavis’s early life.
Mavis took piano lessons at an early age and taught herself how to play guitar. As she got older, her and Lorraine would sing and play guitar at church and town functions.
In 1945, Mavis married Lyle Jessie after a year and a half romance. They met at a local dance and together won several dance contests kicking up their heels to some good old-time polkas and waltzes. During the last few weeks of her life, she sat out on her son’s deck watching as her two daughters danced to the tune of an old favorite polka song, clapping her hands in rhythm with the music.
Mavis and husband Lyle bought a large home in rural Northfield and together had six children. Over the years they raised some chickens, pigs, and always had a huge garden. Mavis spent many hours preparing and canning home-grown vegetables.
Through the years, Mavis cleaned homes, worked at Presto Factory in Chippewa Falls during the Vietnam War, and became a CNA working at both the Pine View Nursing Home in Black River Falls and the Pigeon Falls Nursing Home in Pigeon Falls.
In 1989, Mavis along with several other committed Christians worked to establish a strong conservative Bible believing Lutheran Church. New Hope Community Lutheran Church was formed, and Mavis became its first president. She also shared her love for playing piano by volunteering as New Hope’s organist from 1989 until October of 2017. Longtime Pastor at New Hope, David Johnson, remarked that she was one of his favorite organists.
Cooking, sewing, gardening, were her most enjoyable past-times and a love of antiques as well as going to auctions kept her remarkably busy!
After retiring in 1993, Mavis started volunteering as the organist for worship service at the Pigeon Falls Nursing Home. She continued to play there until the pandemic forced the nursing home to restrict visitors in early 2020.
Mavis had a deep and strong faith in God and shared that faith with her family along with all those she greeted. She was an outstanding cook and had a keen mind with a continued interest in history and supported the VCY Radio Ministry out of Milwaukee, WI. She had missionaries come and stay over at her home and always enjoyed reading scripture and playing the old-time hymns on her piano. She will be greatly missed by her entire family and those who were fortunate enough to enjoy her great cooking and gracious hospitality!
She is survived by her children; Robert (late wife Sharmian) Jessie, Mary (husband Virgil) Olson, Brenda (husband Michael) Olson, Roxanne Jessie, Peter Jessie, and Matthew Jessie. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jeffrey (wife Debbie) Olson, Christopher Olson, Erika (husband Steve) Bickle, Todd (wife Tricia) Jessie, Daniel (wife Brenda) Olson, Corey (wife JoDell) Olson, Valerie Jessie, Michelle (husband Ben) Steffen, Andrew (wife Jen) Olson, Beth (husband Dave) Atkinson, Brooke Jessie, Connie (Jon) Kording, Alecia (husband Brandon) Freeman, Adam (wife Melinda) Jessie, Cyle (fiancé Kristina) Olson, Courtney (husband Ben) Dietz, Laurie (husband Jeremy) Timm, Lyle Jessie and Rebecca Jessie. She is also survived by many, many great grandchildren as well as several great-great grandchildren.
A private funeral with no visitation will be held at New Hope Community Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 15th. A graveside committal service will follow. Pastor David Johnson and Pastor Dale Klevgard are officiating. The family is planning a celebration of life event sometime in the spring.
Memorials may be given to VCY America Radio Station 3434 W Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208 or to New Hope Community Lutheran Church W16346 Dettinger Road, Hixton, WI 54635.
The Jensen Modjeski Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, 128 S. Hoffman St., Hixton, WI 54635 (715-963-2311).