Mavis Jenkauski


Mavis Jenkauski, 97, of Bemidji, MN died Monday, August 22, 2022 at Havenwood Care Center, Bemidji.

No services will be held per her wishes.

Mavis Antoinette Rafferty was born November 28, 1924 in Ten Lake Twp, Beltrami County, near Silver Lake to parents Edward and Cora (Long) Rafferty. She grew up in that area along with her 6 siblings. Mavis married Adam Jenkauski in Wilton, MN on April 4, 1944. They raised their family of 4 boys in the Wilton area. Mavis was widowed in 1965, and through the years she worked as a waitress, went to Bemidji Tech School and worked at the Wards store. In later years Mavis enjoyed crafts, volunteered at the Senior Center, made thousands of greeting cards to be sold at the Center, completed many, many crossword puzzles and spent countless hours reading. Mavis moved to Autumn Hills Assisted Living in late 2018. She moved to Havenwood Care Center in May of 2022 and lived there until her death.

Mavis is survived by son Ronnie (Bella) Jenkauski and their children Eric and Kari Jenkauski; son Kevin (Carrie Benson) Jenkauski and his daughter Nichole White; son Leon’s children Troy (Mark) Woodcock, Denise Jenkauski and Adam (Anne) Jenkauski; daughter-in-law Barbara (Leon) Jenkauski and her children Luke (Grace) Evansen and Aimee (Kevin) Hannan. Also surviving are 17 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Mavis was preceded in death by her parents, husband Adam, sons Stanley (1953) and Leon (2010) and grandson Wade (2015). Her siblings Alice, Walter, Winnie, Boyce, Elenor and Elva also preceded her in death.

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