On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, Della Jungen took her last earthly breath at the age of 94 years. Although saddened by her passing, her family also rejoices at the beautiful Christmas gift she received — being reunited with loved ones and friends she has missed and mourned for years. She is at peace.
Della Albrecht was born Aug. 23, 1924, to Julius J. and Eva (Goertz) Albrecht, the youngest and only girl of four children. She lived and attended school in Freeman, S.D., throughout her childhood, graduating high school in 1943. She was baptized in the Christian faith on Aug. 3, 1941, at Bethany Mennonite Church. Her faith played an integral role throughout the remainder of her life. Following high school Della became a telephone operator for the Freeman telephone company.
On Aug. 9, 1958, Della married John Jungen. The couple resided in Sioux Falls, S.D., where Della worked in food service for McKennan Hospital and Augustana College. The couple made many lifelong friends and cherished memories while in Sioux Falls before retiring to Freeman in the early part of the 1980s. After returning home, Della continued to pursue her love of cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends. A visit with Della always included a variety of cookies, cakes, coffee and the occasional card game. She enjoyed writing letters to loved ones located out of state and maintained this correspondence throughout the rest of her life. Above all else, Della loved people and friends often became family.
Della is preceded in death by her parents, Julius J. and Eva Albrecht; husband John Jungen; brothers Fred, Harvey and Felix Albrecht; sister-in-law Dorothea Albrecht; niece Myrna Huber; nephew Virgil Albrecht; as well as many other loved ones.
Those who remain to celebrate her life are also numerous. After 94 years of living, the people Della loved and called family is a very long list. We cannot do her lifetime of memories and relationships justice by trying to individually name them all — to know Della was to be loved and included in her family.