Marjorie Jean Ersted (Maggie/Mags), lost her battle with cancer on June 22, 2020 at the age of 69. She passed away peacefully and consciously at her home in Alexandria, MN surrounded by her family. Although we are sad she is gone, we are grateful she is free and will continue to be a light in many people’s lives. There will be a Celebration of Life on July 10, 2020 from 4-8 pm at The Legacy of the Lakes Gardens at 205 3rd Ave W. in Alexandria MN. The service will be held in the gardens at 5:30 and food will be served indoors. To protect the health and safety of all, please wear your mask and social distance. If you are unable to attend and wish to send condolences, please mail to Erin Ersted at PO Box 83 Hoffman, MN 56339.
Maggie’s sense of humor was like no other. Her quick wit and joke telling always lightened the mood. Mags was an avid reader-The Library of Congress has nothing on her. She was always searching for new recipes that she never seemed to cook! She loved to play computer games, do puzzles, and was an accomplished cross-stitcher, crocheter, and knitter. Most important to her were treasured times with family and friends.
She was born September 12, 1950 in Winnebago, MN to Warren and Mary (Davidson) Cross. Mags graduated from Huntley High School in 1969, and then earned a degree in nursing from the St. Barnabas School of Nursing. She worked as an RN for 12 years, and Director of Nursing at Stevens County Hospital for five of those years. She later graduated from the U of M Morris with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then earned her Masters of Science Degree at the University of Texas, Austin in Social Work. Upon returning from Texas to Minnesota, she pioneered with Lutheran Social Services an in-home family therapy program. She ended her career as a supervisor of in-home family therapists for five counties. She worked as a social worker/family therapist for 30 years.
She is survived by her two daughters, Michelle (Jamie) Hess, Erin Ersted; three grandchildren, Jaida and Maxwell Hess, Henry Jensen; three brothers Jim (Linda) Cross, Jon (Donna) Cross, Jerry Cross; former husband Paul Ersted Jr.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Warren and Mary(Davidson)Cross and her brother Roger (Heidi) Cross.
Marjorie has donated her body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program for research purposes.