Mary Hintgen, 95, of St. James died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health System-St. James.

    Mary Hintgen, 95, of St. James died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health System-St. James.
    A memorial service was held on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Reverend Ken Bowman officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in St. James.
    Visitation was held on Monday, February 20, 2012 for one hour prior to the services at the church.
    Mary Elizabeth Carlson was born August 12, 1916 to John and Hazel (Flatt) Carlson in Stanley, North Dakota She grew up on the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota where she graduated from Chisholm High School. She then attended beauty school in the Twin Cities and worked as a hairdresser in several communities including St. James.
    In 1939 she met and married Lyle Hintgen at the Little Brown Church in the Vale. She worked at Hintgen Drug while she and Lyle raised their family. In the 1960’s they opened the Cameo Jewelry store in St. James. In the mid 70’s, they moved to the Twin Cities and managed apartment buildings until their retirement in 1986. Later that year Lyle passed away and she went back to managing apartment buildings for another 16 years. Following her second retirement, she moved to St. James and lived at Prairieview, then Brandt Ridge and  Pleasantview most recently.
    Mary loved life and people. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their visits. She always made sure they  received a toy or treat. She also enjoyed knitting baby bonnets and booties, sewing, playing bridge and card games, dominoes and bingo. She also had her own pool cue and liked to play pool. She loved decorating for holidays and special events especially Halloween.
    Survivors include her daughter, Margaret (Vern) Syverson of Eagan, MN; sister, Olive Welker of Chisholm, MN; daughter-in-law, LaVonne Hintgen of St. James, MN; grandchildren, Dawn Hintgen, Sunny Hintgen, Brian Hintgen, Mark Hintgen, Jody Missling, Amy Kilian, Andy Hintgen, David Hintgen, Scott Syverson; great-grandchildren, Nirvana, Ethan, Aiden, Amanda, Isaac, Ellie, Erin, Derek, Jacob, Maya, Dominic, Ragan, Lucas, Leo, Gabriel and Alice.
    Mary was preceded in death by her husband; sons, John and Paul; and her parents.
    Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at