Jean Besendorf

Jean Besendorf

FROST — Jean (Dickman) Besendorf was born May 22, 1958, in Blue Earth, Minn., the daughter of E. James and Joanne (Riefstek) Dickman. She grew up on the family farm, where she helped with chores, played away the days, and spent time with her family.

Jean attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1976. After high school, she attended Winona State University.

Jean held many jobs throughout her life. Jean helped her mother at the golf course, worked at the Green Giant canteen, as a cashier at Red Owl and, finally, as a cook at the Country Kitchen in Blue Earth. She worked at Country Kitchen for 20 years prior to her official retirement because of health reasons.

Jean married Douglas Besendorf on March 8, 1980. They lived in Bricelyn before settling in Frost, Minn. She gave birth to her first child, Stephanie Ruth, on April 20, 1984, and then again on Sept. 18, 1986, to Jennifer Joanne.

Jean was very active in her church. She served on the church council, was W.E.L.C.A. President, financial secretary and church secretary for a number of years.

Jean was a devoted Vikings and Twins fan and spent many evenings and afternoons eating popcorn and yelling, “GO GO!” at the TV. She enjoyed watching the Hallmark Channel, reading her romance novels and spending time with her “Circle” of friends.

Jean was an avid sewer and made many quilts. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, whether up north fishing or just at home together.

Jean Besendorf, age 59, of Frost, Minn., passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Mayo Health System in Mankato, Minn., after many years of fighting a battle with diabetes and heart disease. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at United Lutheran Church in Frost, Minn., with Rev. Arne Halbakken presiding.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial will take place immediately following the service at United Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

Jean is survived by her husband of 37 years, Douglas; daughter, Stephanie (Jordan) Hanson; brothers, Mike Dickman, Rick (Shannon) Dickman; sisters, Connie Dickman, Mary (Dennis) Warner; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Jennifer, and parents.