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Jean M. Noel 1926–2019 Austin—Jean M. Noel, 93 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, November 29, 2019 at St. Mark's Memory Care in Austin. Jean was born June 8, 1926 on the family farm in Clinton Falls Township, north of Owatonna Minnesota. She had an active childhood, busy with farm and household chores, 4-H projects, school activities and music lessons. As a youth, she started keeping a daily journal, which she continued throughout her life, with the final entry being made last year. In the last few years of her life, her children enjoyed reading the journals to her, and having her add details about the people, places and events about which she had written. After graduating from Owatonna High School in 1944, she attended St. Olaf College, where she met her future husband Dewey Noel. Jean graduated from St. Olaf College in 1948 with departmental honors in mathematics. Shortly thereafter, Jean and Dewey were married and moved to St. Paul, where Dewey completed his college education at the University of Minnesota. They then moved to Austin, Minnesota, where they raised their two children, Janice and John. Jean was a wonderful home-maker and active in the Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and making and collecting Christmas decorations, many of which, of course, had "Noël" on them. She worked part-time at the YMCA for several years. After living a few years in Hutchinson, Minnesota, Dewey retired and they returned to Austin. Together Jean and Dewey continued to be active in the Methodist Church, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, and traveled around the country participating in Elderhostel programs. After Dewey passed away in 2015, Jean became a resident of St. Mark's, first in the assisted living unit and then for her final 20 months in memory care. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Noel; parents, Walter and Emma (Bartenbach) Schafer; mother-in-law, Jennie (Dahle) Noel; brother, Lawrence Schafer, and brothers-in-law, Glen Noel Jr. and Stanley Noel. Jean is survived by her children (and their spouses): Janice (Allen) Glass and John (Amy) Noel; grandsons (and their spouses): Andy (Katie) Glass, Aaron (Annie) Glass, and Ian (Stephanie) Noel; great granddaughter: Bailey Jean Noel; sister-in-law: Paddy Schafer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: David and Beulah Noel and sister-in-law: Lorrine Noel. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 5th at the First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Reverend Dr. Donna Dempewolf officiating. Interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna. Visitation will be held on Thursday morning from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, prior to the service at First United Methodist Church. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First United Methodist Church or the donor's choice.

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