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Teresa Klegin

June 12, 1958-March 27, 2011

Teresa Ida Klegin, 52, of Frazee, arrived home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 27, 2011. She passed away at Sanford Health in Fargo, with her family by her side.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee. Friends may also call one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Loon Lake, near Vergas. Lunch will be hosted at the church following the service for all to attend.

Interment will be made in St. Paul's Loon Lake Cemetery in the spring of 2011. Furey Funeral Home, serving Vergas and Frazee, is assisting the family. To leave online condolences, please visit

Teresa was born on June 12, 1958 in Staples, Minn., the third of four children born to Helmer and Sylvia (Arneson) Tonsager. She was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ottertail, and was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Richville. She grew up in the Ottertail and Perham communities, and attended school in Henning through grade six.

Teresa completed her high school education at Perham High School, graduating with the class of 1976. She went on to attend the Detroit Lakes Vocational School, where she studied cooking and earned her associates degree.

Following her schooling, Teresa enjoyed working as a cook at several local restaurants, including: Colonial Restaurant and the Red Fox in Perham, Hollow Log in Dent, as well as the Loon's Nest in Vergas. She later gained employment at the West Central Turkey Plant in Pelican Rapids, where she worked for several years.

Teresa was united in marriage to Mark Klegin on September 6, 1984 at the United Methodist Church in Frazee. The young couple made their home in Frazee. The union was blessed with three children: Erin, Daniel and Matthew.

Teresa also enjoyed working at the Frazee Care Center, where she worked until her health no longer allowed. She then took a job at the Wal-Mart Bakery in Detroit Lakes and took great pleasure in getting to know her co-workers, with whom she enjoyed working.

In her spare time, Teresa could be found enjoying the company of her family and many friends. She was fond of the outdoors, and took joy in taking long walks in the state parks. She also had a love for animals, and her pets served as great companions to her. She was an avid reader, liked to put together a good puzzle and found delight in painting and drawing. She was a born again Christian and she was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Loon Lake.

Teresa had a great sense of humor and inherited her dad's great wit, and had mastered the art of sarcasm. She accepted her illness with grace and never complained about being sick. Instead, she took the burden upon her own shoulders and was always worried about others, not herself. She often said, "By the grace of God, there I go." She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving Teresa are her husband, Mark Klegin of Vergas; her three children: Erin Klegin of Perham, Daniel Klegin of Frazee and Matthew Klegin of Fargo; three siblings, Tom (Cindy) Tonsager of Goodhue, Minn., Tim (Rebecca) Tonsager of Vallejo, Calif., and Tonia Tonsager of Perham; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her parents preceded her in death.