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Marjorie Willers, 95

Marjorie W. Willers, age 95, of Mazeppa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Hiwainen Adult Family Home in Nelson, Wis., where she had resided the past two and a half years.

She was born March 5, 1921, in Florence Township of Goodhue County, the daughter of Erwin and Emma (Wimmer) Plote. She went to elementary country school in West Florence and graduated from Lake City High School in 1939. Next, she completed one year of teacher training in Red Wing and later attended Winona State Teachers College. Marge taught at District #73 and District #13 country schools near Mazeppa. When her daughters were in high school, she resumed teaching in the Pine Island and Mazeppa school districts. She married Arnold Willers Jan. 7, 1942, in Frontenac. Marge and Arnold farmed in rural Lake City until 1972, when they moved to Mazeppa. Marge's last employment was for Wabasha County Social Services as a family service aid for 24 years, retiring in 1989. Arnold died on Oct. 3, 1991.

Marge was a member of Bear Valley St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Mazeppa, for 75 years, teaching Sunday school for many years, participating in Bible studies and the church's Ladies Aid group. She was also a lifetime member of the Zumbro Falls VFW Post #1802 Auxiliary and a former member of the Mazeppa American Legion Post #588 Auxiliary. She belonged to several card clubs, the Zumbro Falls Senior Citizens and Mazeppa Senior Citizens, where she served as president for 8 years. She loved to volunteer her time and talents. Marge enjoyed people and socializing with her many friends and especially her family. She touched many lives during her life and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Karen Willers, South St. Paul, Minn., and Diane and Brad Tri, Mazeppa, Minn.; two granddaughters, Jodie (Joshua) Finstuen, Zumbrota, Minn., and Kristin Tri (Matt Sjoblom) Red Wing, Minn.; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tanner, Abby and Ryan Finstuen, Zumbrota; sister-in-law, Jane Plote, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; and nephew, Gary Plote, Inver Grove Heights.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; parents, Erwin and Emma Plote; brothers, Harold and Dean Plote; sister-in-law, Lila Plote and niece, Cindy Bakke.

The family expresses their deepest gratitude to Deb Hines and her daughters, Brittany Ender and Kim Ingli for giving Marge their love and devoted care and making her a part of their family while she lived at Hiwainen Home.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at Bear Valley St. John's Lutheran Church, County Road 3, rural Mazeppa, with Pastor Alan Horn officiating. Following the funeral service her body will be cremated, with interment at a later date at Bear Valley Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church one hour before the service. Everyone is invited to join the family at the Mazeppa Community Center for lunch and a time of fellowship following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Deb Hines of Hiwainen Adult Family Home or the Bear Valley Cemetery Association.

The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements.