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Mary Jane Axia (Lageson) Putz, age 85 of Buffalo, MN, passed away at her home on November 24, 2022.

She was born on April 15, 1937 in her aunt’s home in the small town of Maddock, North Dakota to Theodore and Myrtle (Lindgren) Lageson. Some of her favorite memories growing up on the farm included riding tractors and working outside with her Dad.

Mary Jane attended grade school at a country school near Heimdal, North Dakota, high school in Fessenden, North Dakota, and one year at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis. She then attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where she received her Bachelor of Science degree with medical technology training at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis.

While at Gustavus, she met Marlo Frank Putz, and the two were joined in marriage on October 21, 1961 at her country church near Heimdal, ND. Together they raised three sons.

Mary Jane worked as a medical technologist at several hospitals in the Twin Cities area, which included Unity Hospital and North Memorial. After her family relocated to Buffalo, she was employed at the Buffalo Clinic and Hospital for many years.

Mary Jane was especially proud of her Scandinavian heritage. She was talented in the art of Rosemaling. Mary Jane also enjoyed knitting, spinning wool, and sewing. She created beautiful keepsake quilts.

She was incredibly faithful and a devoted member of her church. Mary Jane always provided for her family and put them first.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Myrtle; and a brother, Robert Lageson.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Marlo; sons, Dan (Lynda), Scott (Sue), and Jonathon (Hui); grandchildren, Luke, Caleb, Tammy, David, and Jenna; brother, Roger Lageson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 5, 2022 at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior at Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Arlene Bender

    I have been remembering all the fun times we had…ordering banana splits in harvey and getting them without the banana, going up in that tower to a restaurant and elevator stopping at every floor no one getting on, going over the road divider in the little beetle, we had many good memories over many years and I will miss her, she was a good friend and I am sending her a spiritual hug .

  2. Hank and Linda Van Erp

    Marlo and family I am so sorry for your loss, what a great lady !

  3. Colin Gramm

    I was,so happy that I met Scott mother she, was wonderful person to know.Mary Jane may the lord be with you forever.

  4. Caleb Putz

    I didn’t get as much time with my grandma as I would have liked. I remember making her famous buns with her, and sitting in the family room on snowy mornings as we talked. I will always miss her.

  5. Jim Stewart

    So many memories together while our families were growing. The get together’s up North at Bible studies state fair dining together. The enjoyable times will last until eternity and beyond.


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