Margretta J. Ballingrud, 73

St. Paul – Margretta Jane Ballingrud,  73, St. Paul, formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, St. Paul.  
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 1 at Roseville Memorial Chapel. 
Margretta graduated from Lincoln High School in  1960 and from the University of North Dakota with a BS Degree in education, and from the University of Minnesota in 1985 with a MS Degree in education.  
Jane was a dedicated teacher and mentor to her students. She taught elementary school in Grafton, N.D. from 1971 to 1983.  Jane taught elementary school in St. Paul, for 22 years until retirement in 2009.  
Next to family and friends, Jane’s great interest was dogs. She was an enthusiastic dogsitter for friends and family.  An avid reader, she was a “go to” person for information on a wide range of topics. 
She had a great interest in home restoration, music, and literature. She was a wonderful friend and loving family member. She will be missed by so many.
A heartfelt thank you to the staff at Lyngblomsten and to Health Partners Hospice for their care and support.  Memorials may be made to the organization of individual’s choosing. 
Survived by sisters Rebecca (Gary) Pappenfus, Roberta (Matt) Murphy, brother Jon Ballingrud, sister-in-law Marion Hale, nephews Nathan and Jesse Ballingrud, Tom (Allie) and Dan Pappenfus, Jack Murphy, Gordon and Sam Ballingrud, nieces Liz (Pappenfus) Drehner and Jenna Pappenfus, Katie Ballingrud (Chad), Angela (Murphy) Higgins, and Rachel Murphy, loving relatives and friends.  
She was preceded in death  by parents, Gordon and Doris Ballingrud, and brother David Ballingrud.  

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  1. Ms. Ballingrud was my 6th grade teacher, in 1996. She was such an amazing teacher that I invited her to my honors program when I was a senior in high school as the teacher who made the biggest impact on my life. I am now a special education teacher, and I credit Ms. Ballingrud’s gentle yet passionate approach to teaching. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She did wonderful work.

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