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Jenny J. LaFrenz

October 13, 1977 ~ October 19, 2020 (age 43)



     Even the sky cried on Monday, October 19, 2020 when our beloved Jenny left us from her home in Osakis, MN to begin her new, eternal life, having just recently reached the age of 43 years.

     Jenny Joy was born on October 13, 1977 in Alexandria, MN to proud parents, Vernon ‘Barney’ and Kathy (Johnson) LaFrenz.  She was welcomed home by her big sister, Sherry.   Jenny grew up in Osakis and graduated with the Class of 1997 from OHS.  She was confirmed as a member of the Lutheran faith at Salem Lutheran Church in Osakis.  Jenny attended college in Mankato at MSU and received a degree in 2011 in Community Health.  After living in Colorado Springs and North Platte, NE she returned to her roots and settled back in Osakis in 2012.  She was presently employed at Bayer Interior Woods in Sauk Centre, MN.

     In addition to caring for her beautiful Australian Shepherd, “Charlie” Jenny also enjoyed taking him on walks or hikes.  In the winters, she liked to go snowshoeing and enjoyed being outdoors.  She was a loyal MN sports fan, which included cheering for the Vikings, Lynx and the Gophers.  She was an especially big fan for her twin nephews and supported them in their many activities.  Doing crafts or reading books were additional hobbies, but one of her favorite things to do was to take long drives in her Dad’s ’64 Ford.

     Jenny will live on in the hearts of her family, especially her mother, Kathy LaFrenz and sister and brother-in-law, Sherry & Chad Gulbranson and their boys, Connor and Aidan Gulbranson, all of Osakis; many aunts, uncles and cousins.  Her heavenly welcome committee includes her father, Barney LaFrenz; grandparents, Marvin & Kathryn Johnson, Ray & Olga LaFrenz; an aunt, Alice LaFrenz and an honorary uncle, David Hicks; her cousins, Steven and Tom Walter, Michael Fish and her dear Australian Shepherd, “Bandit.”

     A private service will be held but the public is invited to a visitation for Jenny at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home on Monday, October 26 from 4 – 8 pm and for a Celebration of Life reception on Tuesday, October 27 beginning at 12 noon at the Osakis VFW Post #7902.  Interment will be at the Gordon Pleasant Hill Cemetery in rural Osakis, MN.

     Condolences and memories may be left for her on her obituary Tribute page at

     Arrangements by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, MN.

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Funeral Service


October 26, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Roy Hetland Funeral Home
101 W Nokomis PO Box 340
Osakis, MN 56360

Celebration of Life
October 27, 2020

12:00 PM
Osakis VFW Post #7902
701 8th Av E
Osakis, MN 56360

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