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Doris M. Gatzke


Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Doris M. Gatzke

Doris M. Gatzke, age 91, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Doris was born July 9, 1924, in Fountain, Minn., the daughter of Lewis and Selma (Finseth) Peterson. She graduated from Preston High School in 1942 and was employed by the C.O. Brown Insurance Agency of Rochester until her marriage to Vernon Gatzke on March 22, 1947, at the Fountain Lutheran Church. She then became a homemaker for her family on the Gatzke farm. Vern and Doris shared 60 precious years together. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and also Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years. She endured many health challenges during her life, the greatest being the loss of her eyesight. Her time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought great joy to her life.

She is survived by her children: Jon (Ib) Gatzke of Preston, Janelle (Doug) Hahn of Austin, and Blaine (Michele) Gatzke of Harmony; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, in 2007; and her sister, Helen Hahn.

The funeral was held 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Christ Lutheran Church, with Pastor Dan Bredberg officiating. Burial took place in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston. Friends called at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston, 5 to 7 p.m., Monday and at the church on Tuesday an hour before the service.

Online condolences can be left at www.thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.




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Evelyn Rein

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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Evelyn Rein Evelyn Nora (Biel) Rein, 92, of Preston, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Evelyn was born December 30, 1922, in Ridgeway, Iowa, to parents, Leo and Nora (Seelye) Biel. Evelyn was taken ca ..... 
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Larry Hahn

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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Larry Hahn Larry L. Hahn, 70, of Grand Meadow, Minn. died on Friday November 13, 2015, following a lengthy illness with lung cancer at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center, where he had been a resident for one day and a prior resident at Meadows A ..... 
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Richard E. Bestor

Thu, Oct 29th, 2015
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Richard E. Bestor, age 79, of Red Wing, Minn., passed away at Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City, Minn. on October 18, 2015. He was born February 24, 1936, Graduating from Preston High School. He married Marian Halverson and they were later divi ..... 
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Floyd L. Wernet

Wed, Oct 21st, 2015
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Floyd L. Wernet, age 92, of Caledonia, formerly of the Bluffton, Iowa and Coldwater Creek area, died Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Caledonia Care and Rehab. Floyd was born March 11, 1923 in Winneshiek County, Iowa to George and Lydia (Quall ..... 
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Ellyn P. Fishbaugher

Wed, Oct 21st, 2015
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Ellyn Pauline Fishbaugher was born November 29, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her parents were Gilbert and Goldie (Decker) Bell. She graduated from Cedar Rapids Roosevelt High School in December 1945. After graduation she worked for Quaker Oats in ..... 
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Darlene Marie Johnson

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
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Darlene Marie Johnson, 59, of Chatfield, died Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Darlene Marie Johnson was born on July 5, 1956 in Preston, Minn. to Harold W. and Dorothy A. (Severson) Rath. On February 18, ..... 
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Yvonne Shirley Durben

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
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Yvonne Shirley Durben, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 11, 2015 at Homestead of Rochester. She was born on December 4, 1922 to Mildred and Archie Staplecamp, of Preston, Minn. She attended school in Preston and gra ..... 
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Mary Alice O’Connor Ruen

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
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Mary Ruen, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 28, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Mary (O’Connor) Ruen was born on September 28, 1948 in Preston, Minn., to Raymond and Helen (Collett) O’Connor. She was raised in a loving fa ..... 
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