HOMER, Nebraska | Honor guard participants from American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Homer, Jackson, South Sioux City and Sioux City gathered to present military rites following the funeral Mass for Margaret Jessen, 94, of rural Dakota City, Nebraska, on Tuesday outside St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Homer.
Jessen attained the rank of corporal and was stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Station in El Toro, California, during and just after World War II.
Jessen was one of the World War II veterans whose life story is included in an exhibit "Serving Her Country: Women in the Military," now showing at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City. The exhibit represents a collaboration with the Sioux City Journal, which featured 20 women veterans in the lead-up to Veterans Day observances last fall.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Margaret Jessen just wanted a little more excitement in her life.
Jessen was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, who served with the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II. The couple wed in 1947 and raised five children.