Jeanette (Cain) Sigrist, 91, of Rochester died on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Mayo Clinic St. Marys Campus.
Jeanette was born May 2, 1929 to Arthur and Mayme (Haugan) Blagsvedt in rural Whalan, MN. She started school at "Grubtown," a rural one room, one teacher schoolhouse in Fillmore County, then to the village of Newberg through 8th grade, and completed her education at Mabel High School from which she graduated in 1946.
She was a member of Elstad Lutheran Church of rural Lanesboro. She and Garon Cain of West Concord, MN were married there in August of 1948. They lived in Rochester and West Concord, MN, and in October of 1960 they moved to Mauston, WI with the trucking firm that Garon worked for. Garon died in February 1961. Jeanette and her four children moved back to West Concord. There she was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School, was a youth advisor, and a member of ELCW. She was a Girl Scout leader for several years, loved bowling, camping, and especially loved the Minnesota Twins from 1965 to the present.
In 1971 she married Richard Sigrist of Pine Island. They were later divorced. She then attended Rochester VoTech, and later became a Unit Secretary at Rochester Methodist Hospital, where she worked for 14 years. After retirement she did a lot of traveling visiting her family and attending Twins ballgames in different cities. She also loved doing genealogy and making greeting cards.
Surviving are her son and three daughters: Craig (Linda) Cain of Sun City, AZ and their sons, Christopher (Kim) Cain of Camp Hill, PA and their children Maddie, Ella, and Grayson; Cory (Sarah) Cain of Minneapolis and their children Irene and Olive. Daughter Laurie Polikowsky of St. Peter, MN and her family, Tracy Polikowsky of St. Peter, MN and her daughter Saige; Shane Polikowsky of Mankato, MN and his son Evan; Brent Tesch of Eagle Lake, MN and his children Milo and Rose. Daughter Shelly (William) Greenwood of Eagar, AZ and their family, Cozi (Neal) Pond of Snowflake, AZ and their children Alex and Addie; Aaron (Breana) Greenwood of Mapleton, UT and their children Kyler, Kenzie, and Kennedi; Willie (Erin) Greenwood of Scottsdale, AZ and Willie's children Cheyllie (Tanner) Heiser and their daughter Paisun, and Hunter; Jeni (Mike) Fowle of Henderson, NV; Brittany (Mauricio) Rodriquez of Eagar, AZ and their daughter Aria Rodriguez and Brittany's children Kaden, Mia, and Noah Puzas. Daughter Libby (William) Hammond of Rochester, MN and William's children Karl Hammond of Columbia, MO and Dena (Joel) Weinberger of Murray, KY and their children, Dorothy, Joel, and Betsy. Also surviving is a sister Dorothy Helgeson of Mabel, MN along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Garon in 1961, father Arthur in 1978, and an infant granddaughter in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her mother Mayme Blagsvedt, brother Maydern Blagsvedt, sister Muriel McCaleb, and brother-in-law Keith McCaleb all on July 14, 1968. Also preceding her in death were her brother-in-law Larry Cain, brother-in-law Ruben Helgeson, brother-in-law Delmar Bartholomew, and sister-in-law Margret Bartholomew.
A Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901, with Reverend Mark Nienow officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Old Concord Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, masks will be required, and social distancing observed.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving Jeanette's family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Rochester, MN 55901
Rochester, MN 55901
Rochester, MN 55901
Dear Craig, Laurie, Shelly and Libby,
So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I have so many fond memories of spending time with your family.
Your mother was a wonderful person who loved her family.
Blessings to all of you!
Barb and Dennis Erickson
Jenny was a true friend. I felt like she was my second mom. I'll miss her dearly. RIP!!
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Mary (Hicks) Ward : wonderful memories being at your house in West Concord.
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Sorry to hear of Jenny’s passing. My dad Sid Blagsvedt will miss her phone calls and home made cards. My memories of her are her laugh and camping with us at Diamond Lake. My family in our blue bus and her family in there camper and the funny stories around the campfire. Our sympathies to you and the family. Love Sid, Kay, Carol and Pam
Sympathy to Jeanette's family from LuAnn Brenno. My mother, Orlie, was a first cousin to Jeanette. When I lived in Arizona, she flew with my mother to visit her daughter there - and helped my mother get through the airport and the plane ride to visit my husband and me. She was a very kind person.
Lots of fond memories of your family. Your Mom was always so bubbly and happy. Lots of fun times in the big town of West Concord. My thoughts are with you all. Sue Hicks
I am so sorry to all of you for the loss of your Mother. Aunt Jenny was a wonderful, kind and had such a full life. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love Jennifer, Mike, Michael and Timmy Redican