Mary Margaret Walker, 80-UPDATED

Mary Margaret Walker, age 80, of New Prague, died unexpectedly with her husband at her side of complications from pancreatitis at Fairview Southdale Hospital on December 29, 2020. Mary was born on November 13, 1940 in Minneapolis to Andrew and Lylis (Blanchard) Jones. 

She attended Ascension Parochial School and graduated from the Academy of the Holy Angels.  She married Berk Rodgers on June 30, 1962 in Hopkins, Minnesota.  The couple raised their four children in Chanhassan, moved to Norwood Young America in 1972, and opened and operated a bowling alley beginning in 1977.  They moved to Richfield in 1985 and Mary worked in retail for many years. 

After Berk’s death in September of 1999 Mary went to work as a pharmacy tech for Target.  With a second chance at love, she met and married James E. Walker on September 20, 2003 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Richfield and the couple successfully blended their large families. 

Mary then went to work at Coborn’s in New Prague as the lead food demonstrator.  Her affable personality, infectious laugh, and brilliant smile were a perfect fit for this job, as she brightened the days of all the shoppers fortunate enough to come in contact with her. 

Mary was a member of the KC Auxiliary, Minnesota Cushman Club, Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Association, and active at St. Scholastica Church.  In her spare time, she enjoyed reading novels, cross-stitching, gardening, and baking. 

Her greatest joy came in time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She and Jim were faithful attendees of as many activities as they could possibly attend.  She will be sorely missed by her family and the community that loved and benefited from her generous spirit.

 Mary is survived by her loving husband, Jim; children, Heidi Rodgers, Annie (William) Rodgers Foster, Colette (Michael) Galle, Berkley (Heather) Rodgers; grandchildren, Maxlyn, Mitchell (Libby), Emmie (Matt Dodge), Mason (Miranda), Logan, Adison; great-grandchild, Madelyn; step-children, LuAnn Walker, Robert Walker, Ann (Matt) Hansen, Merrisue (Mike) Minar, Patricia Walker, Jill Walker and their children and grandchildren; brothers, Lyle, Eugene, and Timothy Jones and their families.  Mary is preceded in death by her first husband, Berk Rodgers; parents, Andrew and Lylis Jones; brother, Ronald.

 A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held July 31, 2021 at the Walker farm (21031 300th St., New Prague, MN  56071).  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM, with visitation 2 hours prior, beginning at 9:00 AM.  Lunch will be served at the farm following Mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to your local food shelf or donors choice.


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