|Pearl Jahnke, 88|
|Written by TRF Times|
Rio Rancho, N.M. - Pearl Jahnke, 88, formerly of Red Lake Falls, died September 24, 2005 in New Mexico.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, November 17, at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, with Rev. Gary Graff officiating.
Pearl Amelia Elise Jahnke was born on September 17, 1917 in rural Red Lake Falls, the daughter of Ludolf and Anna (Rosch) Jahnke. She was baptized October 14, 1917 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Wylie and confirmed May 25, 1930.
Pearl graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls and attended Moorhead State Teachers College. She taught rural and elementary school for six years. Pearl attended a one room school and even taught in one. She then transferred to the Minnesota Business College in Minneapolis to study secretarial science.
She was very successful as a secretary working at a variety of locations, including Pioneer Engineering, the Lemington Hotel and retiring from Arthur Anderson and Company. At Arthur Anderson, she was secretary to Audit Partner, Jay Wein. In 1973, Pearl was named Secretary of the Year by the Minneapolis Gopher Chapter of the National Secretaries’ Association now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals – IAAP. Pearl was very active in the National Secretaries’ Association, having served as the Chapter secretary and chairman of the CPS committee.
Pearl loved history, taking many courses and Elderhostel trips. About a trip to Germany with Elderhostel she said “the instructor was excellent and did a wonderful job of condensing the history of Germany and Bavaria into 12 hours of lecture. Your sightseeing is much more meaningful when you understand the background of the area.” Pearl loved to travel, crisscrossing the globe to visit many wonderful sights. One of her regrets was having to give up travel due to her health. She really missed it.
Her church was very important to her throughout her life. At Calvary Lutheran, in New Mexico, she was chairman of the telephone prayer chain. Pearl shared this quote in her 1982 Christmas letter—Death is not extinguishing the Light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. Tagore.
In the words of her friends, Pearl was descried as a great teacher, my “single” role model, very active, always on the go, so many friends, a quiet sense of humor, very proficient, and an excellent secretary. One of her friends, Philip DeJaelais, said that he ordered parts from Pioneer Engineering where Pearl worked. He was amazed as every time he called and gave a part number, Pearl recognized him by the number without him giving his name.