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Caroline Kertscher

June 30, 1935-Feb. 15, 2011

Caroline B. Kertscher, 75, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at Sanford Health in Fargo.

A mass of Christian burial for Caroline is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Caroline Bertha Eiynck was born to Rudolph and Elizabeth (Lackowitzer) Eiynck on June 30, 1935 in Richwood Township. She attended St. Benedict Mission School in White Earth and graduated from Waubun High School in 1953.

Throughout her working career, Caroline was employed at various businesses in Detroit Lakes, which included the Graystone Hotel, JC Penneys and Blandings. She was united in marriage to Leonard V. Kertscher on June 30, 1956 in White Earth. They lived in Moorhead for a short time before settling east of Detroit Lakes.

For over 30 years, Caroline sold Avon products. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and St. Ann's Circle. She loved spending time with her family and visiting with friends. During the summer months, she enjoyed tending to her flower garden and canning.

Caroline will be remembered and missed by her husband Leonard of Detroit Lakes; six children, Deborah (Larry) Herfindal of Chisago City, Minn., Linda (Richard) Branden of Detroit Lakes, Teresa (Dennis) Hasskamp of Aitkin, Minn., Michael Kertscher of Detroit Lakes, Gary (Peggy) Kertscher of Detroit Lakes and Barbara (Paul Stawinoga) Young of Prairie Du Sac, Wis.

Also surviving Caroline are 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Florence Anderson and Jeanette Pearson, both of Detroit Lakes; along with several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Her parents, Rudolph and Elizabeth, preceded her in death.

David Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memories of Caroline may be shared online at In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Holy Rosary School or the Detroit Lakes Dialysis Unit.