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Matthew Joseph Lenssen
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Birth: Sep. 17, 1920
Roberts County
South Dakota, USA
Death: May 5, 2006
Roberts County
South Dakota, USA

Matthew Joseph Lenssen, 85, Browns Valley, MN, died Friday, May 5, 2006, at Coteau des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton, SD.

Funeral services were held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Browns Valley, MN, with Father Stan Wieser officiating.

Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery. The Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt, SD, was in charge of the arrangements.

Matt was born September 17, 1920, to Henry and Emma (Fonder) Lenssen in Roberts County at his family farm. He was baptized at St. Peter's Church in Sisseton, SD. He attended rural school in Becker Township.

Matt married Marcella Cardwell on September 25, 1941, and farmed in Roberts County until 1952 when he moved onto a farm north of Browns Valley, MN. They had no children, and Marcella passed away from cancer May 9, 1967.

Matt married Carol Anderson Quesnell from Minneapolis, MN, on June 18, 1968, in Delano, MN. Carol and her four children moved to Browns Valley to live on the family farm. They had a son, Matthew Henry, on October 30, 1970. They moved to town in 1979 and retired from farming in the late 1980's.

Matt farmed his whole life. He also raised dairy and stock cattle. In addition, he did custom baling, combining, silage, and corn picking for neighbors. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida and California to visit his siblings and their families. After retiring, he still enjoyed growing a garden and picking fresh vegetables. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Carol, and four step-children and ten step-grandchildren, Rita Quesnell of Grand Rapids, MN, and her children Jennifer, Julie and Janelle Dobbs; Vera Vichich and her husband Paul of Starbuck, MN, and their children Lee, Gail and Jill Vichich; Curt Quesnell and his wife Deb of Newfolden, MN, and their children Carson and Adam Quesnell; and Steve Quesnell and his wife Kris of Anoka, MN, and their children Madisen and Maxwell Quesnell. He is also survived by one son, Matthew Lenssen and his wife Stacie of Watertown, SD, and their children Abigail and Nicholas Lenssen; and three sisters, Teresa Hippen of Sisseton, SD, Leona Staber of Simi Valley, CA, and Viola Shoe of Paso Robles, CA.

Matt was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marcella; five sisters, Margaret Lamers, Laura Peterson, Elma Petranek, Mary Howard, and Rita Whelton; and two brothers, Leonard and Leo Lenssen.

Sisseton Courier May 16, 2006 
Calvary Cemetery
Browns Valley
Traverse County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: L Davenport
Record added: May 16, 2006
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Matthew Joseph Lenssen
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