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Sally Sjobakken

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Sally Ann Sjobakken age 75 of New Hampton, IA died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April, 18, 2019, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton with Rev. Kevin Frey presiding. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Friends may greet the family 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. on Thursday prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Sally Ann Sjobakken was born November 16, 1943, in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of A.J. and Grace (Treat) Schnurr. She attended school in New Hampton and was a 1961 graduate of New Hampton High School. Sally began her career working for A & P Produce in New Hampton. She worked for the company for several years. Sally met the love of her life, Paul Sjobakken at the Sweet Shoppe in New Hampton. They were married on August 6, 1966, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Hampton. Sally and Paul were blessed with two children; Jon and Julie. While the children were small Sally did the most important job in the world, raising her family. When they entered grade school she spent many years as a school volunteer and working in a daycare. While Paul was on the road she also spent time working in retail sales. The family moved to Waterloo in 1974 living there for 32 years. The family moved back to New Hampton in 2006. When returning to New Hampton Sally spent her final working years revitalizing the Chickasaw Event Center. Sally had a passion for raising flowers and always looked forward to summers spent tending to her garden. She enjoyed fishing in local waters and making an occasional trip to the local Casino. Sally was the definition of love and kindness and would do anything for her family and friends. Sally is survived by her husband of 53 years, Paul Sjobakken of New Hampton, IA; son, Jon Sjobakken of Ames, IA; daughter, Julie Sjobakken of Waterloo, IA; four grandchildren; brother, J.C. (Tammy) Schnurr of Surprise, AZ; two sisters, Jane Kraft of New Hampton, IA, Leslie (Ron) Bumba of New Hampton, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Dave Kraft; niece, Amanda Bumba.

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  1. Paul and family, My deepest sympathy to you. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing her suffering is over.

  2. Paul and family: I loved going on our road trips to where the wind blew us over the years. Also teaching Sally how to access Facebook, email, and games on your computer was fun too.

  3. Paul, Janie, Leslie, J.C., and families,
    Sally will be remembered for her smile and laughter. May she rest in peace. Our sympathy to all of you.

  4. Sjobakken family, Sally was such a wonderful woman, Mom, Wife, Grandmother, Sister, & Friend. She will be missed dearly. I loved her smile and infectious laughter and the way she always thought Julie and I were up to something…. She would give us that look and tell us to behave, all the time! Fun memories…. May she rest in peace. Love you Sally…..
    Kerrie (Graves) Henderson

  5. Paul and family of Sally, Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you at this time. May she rest in peace.

  6. To the Sjobakken & Snurr families … Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. Celebrate Sally with love and cheer 💝 Always Blessings 💝 Never Losses All our love and support, Margo, Jim, Spencer and Irelynn Bodensteiner

  7. My condolences to the family for your loss of Mrs. Sjobakken. May God strengthen and comfort you with his promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15

  8. Wayne and I send our sympathy to you Paul, and the rest of the family of Sally.
    Wayne and Darlene Tenge

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