Jean Mahlberg

Jean Mahlberg

September 30, 1924 - December 27, 2017

Jean Mahlberg

September 30, 1924 - December 27, 2017


Jean was born in Namadji, Minnesota to Edmund and Gladys (Huffman) Leipold on September 30, 1924.

Jean graduated from the University of Minnesota accepted a teaching position in Worthington, Minnesota. In May 0f 1946, she met her future husband, Dwayne, who was a Marine fighter pilot home in Worthington on leave.

Jean and Dwayne were engaged within a week of meeting and were married six weeks later. Jean and Dwayne had five daughters, and she still found time to earn her Masters Degree from Cal State Fullerton! Jean was a teacher with the Santa Ana Unified School District for over 30 years.

Jean and Dwayne shared a passion for traveling, and toured extensively both abroad and across the United States. They moved to Leisure World (now Laguna Woods) in 1992. They became active members of Lutheran Church of the Cross. Dwayne was diagnosed with cancer in 1993 and died the following year. Jean mourned the loss of her husband and friend of 47 years.

Jean was a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), serving as Regent for 4 years. She also was a member of the College Club, Scandinavian Club, and a ten-year volunteer for the Historical Society. But, far and above, her favorite weekly activity was her bible study classes. She attended Bible studies her entire adult life, and daily did her devotions at home. Her love and knowledge of the Bible was legendary.

Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne, and her brother Ed Leipold
She is survived by:
Five daughters: Kristin Zink (Bob), Karen Chaney, Mary Fusco (Joe), Diane Soldano (Jack), Teresa Mahlberg.
Six grandchildren: Kimberly Zink Wilmoth (Scott), David Chaney, Amy Soldano Jackson (Lamar), Lisa Soldano Taylor (Jesse), Kristina Fusco and Robert Fusco
Five great-grandchildren: Gavin and Garrett Wilmoth, Sophia and Joshua Jackson,
Madelyn Taylor
Two brothers: Daryl Leipold (LaVerne), Lance Leipold (Hannalore)

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Aliso Viejo Christian School. Address: 1 Orion, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

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1 responses to Jean Mahlberg

  1. Peggy Bebee says:

    It is hard to know what to say when someone like Jean passes from this earth except to say that our loss is heaven’s gain. Although my relationship with her was brief, coming late into the family, I quickly realized what a treasure she was to her friends and family. If there is any consolation it is that she loved and was loved by all and had a wonderful, long life. She will be sorely missed by all but know that she is at peace in the place she prepared herself for her whole life. Sincere sympathy to all the family. I am so grateful Ed and I had that visit with her a few years ago just before Ed’s passing. Beautiful memories also of her with Elvis at Ed’s 80th birthday.

    Fondly, Peggy

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