Mary Margaret Walker

November 13, 1940 - December 29, 2020

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 is pending for summer 2021 in New Prague.  The Rodgers/Walker families would like to thank her medical care team at Queen of Peace and M Health Fairview Southdale.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to your local food shelf or donors choice.


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Carol Holland
4 months ago

My deepest sympathy to Mary’s family. She was such a wonderful woman. Always saying hi when I seen her and asking how I am doing. She will be missed by many, many people.

Jean & Ed Keogh
4 months ago

Jim and Family, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Met Mary a few times and she was an amazing, kind, happy woman. Wishing you all peace, hope, and comfort during this difficult time. Keeping you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.

Joan Swenson
4 months ago

Mary was such an awesome, vivacious person with such a kind spirit. The Minnesota Cushman Club, along with Don and I, will miss this special lady! May special memories bring comfort to Jim and all the family.

Mary Houn
4 months ago

Jim and families, sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was such a sweet, friendly lady. I will miss her smile on Tuesdays at the KC. May God be with you all at this sad time.

Crystal Zvanovec
4 months ago

Mary was such a nice lady- always had a smile and enjoyed playing BINGO in New Prague at the KC Hall where I saw her every week and where she always had a smile and a hello for me. She will be missed.

4 months ago

We are is so sad to hear of Mary’s passing. Mary was such a beautiful soul. She was a long time friend of our family. My heart goes out to all that had the privilege of knowing and loving Mary. She could fill the room with love & laughter. Hugs & prayers. Our deepest condolences . Cindi Scott Hefferan

Jim and Debbie Tasa
4 months ago

What a beautiful write up on Mary’s life. Mary was a wonderful person and will be missed. May all the wonderful memories help the family get through this sad time. God Bless all of you, Jim and Debbie

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