Margaret Jean Chan, age 82, of Renville, died Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 11, 2019, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Renville. The Rev. Joe Steinbiesser will be the celebrant. Burial will be at a later date in Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. and will continue on Friday one hour prior to the Mass at the church in Renville. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.
Margaret Jean Chan was born on June 16, 1937, in Renville, Minnesota to Frank Vincent and Agnes Bernadine (Hagen) Haen. She grew up on the family farm in Crooks Township and attended school in Renville, graduating from Renville High School in 1955. Margaret continued her education at St. Benedict’s College in St. Joseph, Minnesota and later graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Margaret was united in marriage to Clarence Chan on March 31, 1964, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Tempe, AZ. She taught school in Tempe for a short time prior to moving back to Minnesota. Margaret then taught elementary school at St. Clara’s Catholic School in Clara City and later at St. Aloysius Catholic School in Olivia. Margaret later worked as a lab technician at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Co-op for 20 years, retiring in 2000. Margaret was an active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and served on the CCW. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts, she volunteered as a mentor at the RCW Elementary, delivered meals on wheels, and volunteered at the RenVilla Nursing Home for many years. She enjoyed reading, traveling, attending theaters and museums, doing needle work, and spending time with her grandchildren and her family.
She is survived by her sons: Mark of Renville, Matthew (and Shari) of Renville, and Michael of Mesa, AZ; her grandchildren: Braden, Payton, Kylie, and Phillip Chan; her step grandchildren: Amber Simons, and Jared and Brittany Jordahl; her brother and sister: Paul (and Linda) Haen of Renville, and Kathleen (and Robert) Bowen of Sweet, ID; her sisters-in-law Loretta Haen and Ann Haen; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence, her brothers Francis and Donald, her sister Elizabeth, and her brother-in-law Don Schepp.
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