Ella R. Jahn

November 21, 1928 - February 15, 2019

Ella R. Jahn, age 90, of New Prague, died peacefully on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  Ella was born on November 21, 1928, in Lanesburgh Township, Le Sueur County, MN to Frank J. and Rose (Panek) Dietz. She attended country district school and graduated from New Prague High School.  She married Harold C. Jahn on September 7, 1945, at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a lifelong resident of the Lanesburgh area, where she and her husband raised their four children and she whole-heartedly entered into farm life.  She moved off the farm in 1993 but continued to raise poultry and livestock on the family farm until January 15thof this year.  A true entrepreneur in animal husbandry, she loved her farm animals.  In her early years, she was a 4-H leader and was a very active member of Friedens Church throughout her life.  Ella loved gardening and canning; she was a quilter and used the down from her geese to make feather pillows.  She will be most remembered for her generous heart.  She was never too busy to visit or lend an ear to someone in need.  Ella’s family was her highest priority and she was always the first to offer to take care of anyone who needed extra help, whether it was children, grandchildren, or friends.


Ella is survived by her children, La Donna Oberle of Waterville, Lois (Kerry) Fogarty of Kilkenny, Paul (Jody) Jahn of New Prague, Susan (Paul) Tikalsky of New Prague; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold, on November 27, 1989; special friend, Gerald Stangler; great-grandchildren, Colby Crawmer & Allen Oberle; brothers, Emil, Frank, Alvin, Edward, & Harry Dietz; sister, Adeline Jahn.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lanesburgh, with Pastor Henry Koch officiating.  Visitation will take place at church 4 hours prior to service from 10 AM – 2 PM.  Lunch will follow the service in the church hall.  Burial will occur at a later date.

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Sandra Baird

I extend my deepest sympathy to the Ella Jahn family. Don Jahn told me of her death. We are all distant cousins. My grandmother was Margaretha Jahn Spilger who married George and moved her family to Nebraska from Illinois.
My parents ( George and Helen Spilger) and I visited Harold and Ella and stayed with your family on the farm in the 1950’s. I remember your mother as a wonderful welcoming hostess, full of energy , cooked good food and was a great farm woman. She made quite an impression on me.
Sandra Spilger Baird

Ryan Hauser

When I worked at Ace hardware, she was a great customer! She sought me out many times to just visit! A very sweet lady! Gods peace.

Pam and Kathy

Our Deepest Sympathy. We have so many nice memories of your mom visiting at the flower shop. Thinking of you at this time of sorrow.
Roger and Pam Chlan
Dale and Kathy Lapic
and families

Josie Ceplecha

Sue and Family,

My deepest sympathy to you and your extended family members. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike pirkl

I remrmber when ella butchred chickens i help clean the gizard she always knew how hot the water was supposed to be so the father would come off good