Pearl White

Pearl E. White, 85, of Springfield, died on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Visitation will be today (Wednesday, April 3) from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2:00 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. John Lutheran Home.  Chaplain Noel Wetter will officiate at the service.  Interment will be in the Springfield City Cemetery.

Pearl (Jenkins) White was born March 1, 1934, to Lester and Esther (Meine) Jenkins, and grew up on a farm between Springfield and Comfrey. Pearl spent her childhood attending country school and participating in the numerous chores of farm life. She was confirmed in St. Johns Lutheran Church in her youth. In her early adult years, Pearl worked for A. J. Pietrus in Sleepy Eye and a printing firm. In 1963, Pearl was married to Donald Roy White of Morton in a quiet ceremony in the Redwood Falls courthouse. She settled into domestic life after marriage, living in rural Springfield until 1978 when she and Donald moved to town, and resided on Jackson Avenue through 2014. Pearl was a fabulous housekeeper, organizer, yard maintainer and flower gardener. Her home and yard were always immaculate wherever she resided, keeping a seasonal schedule of indoor and outdoor chores. On the weekends, Pearl enjoyed shopping and traveling to visit with relatives in the surrounding area. Pearl adopted her father’s dog, “Buddy,” after he moved to St. John Lutheran Home in the early 1990s. “Buddy” was a devoted companion to Pearl, following her around wherever she went and anticipating going for drives in the car which he loved. Pearl will be remembered for her quiet nature, impeccable domesticity, and enduring work ethic throughout her life.

She is survived by a sister, Sylvia Saffert of Springfield; and a brother, Sam Jenkins of Blooming Prairie; and several nieces and nephews. Pearl’s brother, Ray Jenkins, preceded her
in death.

 Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Home Foundation.

Sturm Funeral Home is entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Springfield Advance-Press

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