Jean Bangs, 1943-2017

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Funeral services for Jean A. Bangs, 74, of Glenville will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Rev. Nancy Hansen will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at

Jean Bangs

Jean died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Jean A. Bangs was born Jan. 17, 1943, in Mahnomen County, the daughter of Harvey and Lola (Rabanus) Schlehr. She lived on the Schlehr family farm for the first six years, then the family moved to Detroit Lakes. Jean went to second and third grade in Detroit Lakes, after which the family moved to Albert Lea to live near her uncle on her dad’s side. Jean continued her education and graduated from Albert Lea High School.

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She worked at a couple bookkeeping jobs until she met Richard Bangs. The couple married on Nov. 17, 1962. They lived in Albert Lea until shortly after their third child was born, when they moved to Glenville. They had one more child and became very active members of their church and community. Jean was first and foremost a wife to the love of her life and a mother to her children. Jean worked as the Glenville city clerk/treasurer for 35 years, but her family always came first.

Jean leaves her four children to cherish her memory, Scott (Darrell) of Tulsa, Darren of Glenville, Nancy (Earl) Heskett of Glenville and Tim (Jennifer) of Janesville; nine grandchildren, Andrew, Jalon, Tyler, Heather, Logan, Lucas, Makaila, Lauren and Rachel; sister, Christine (Steve) Spurr; brother, Paul Schlehr; brother-in-law, David (Marietta) Bangs; and sister-in-law, Irene (Daryl) Johnson.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents Harvey and Lola; and brother-in-law, Donald Bangs.