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Ethel M. McCracken

Ethel M. McCracken

Ethel M. McCracken, 90 of Bemidji and formerly of Minneapolis, MN died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Neilson Place in Bemidji.

A joint memorial service will be held for Ethel and Duane McCracken at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Corey Fuhrman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment with military honors will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, July 5, 2013 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at Assembly Area #4 in Minneapolis, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

Ethel was born June 1, 1923 in Owatonna, MN the daughter of Raymond H. and Elsie P. Jensen. She was raised and educated there. She married J. Duane McCracken on February 12, 1949 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN. They made their home first in Hibbing and then Minneapolis-St. Paul for the next 50 years. She was a homemaker and worked in the credit department at Montgomery Ward for many years. They moved to Bemidji 2 years ago to be near their family. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Ethel loved baking, sewing and crafting. Ethel was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her daughter: Bonnie L. Bush of Bemidji, MN; son: James R. (Karol Hendricks) McCracken of Bemidji, MN; 3 grandchildren: Mikka (Jake Marshall) McCracken of Chicago, IL, Ky McCracken of Mankato, MN and Keila McCracken of Bemidji, MN; brother: Merle T. Jensen of Waseca, MN and 2 sister-in-laws: Jeanette Gibson of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Marilyn Torvick of Duluth, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Duane, her parents, sister Violet and son-in-law Joseph P. Bush, Jr.