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Mary Retz

March 8, 1936-Jan. 21, 2013

Mary H. Retz, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at her residence and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 in David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Mary Hilda Nelson was born March 8, 1936 in Toad Lake Township, near Detroit Lakes. Mary grew up and attended rural country school in the Toad Lake area. She was united in marriage to Leo Retz on February 14, 1953. They resided in Glyndon for a couple of years and then moved back to the Toad Lake area.

Mary was employed with Swifts in Detroit Lakes for over 40 years. When Swifts closed, she started working in the housekeeping department at Shooting Star Casino. Due to Leo's ill health, Mary retired from Shooting Star in 1994. Leo passed away in 1997. 

Mary loved gardening, growing every variety of flowers. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed bird watching and good conversation with friends over a cup of coffee.

Mary is survived by her children, Leo (Cindy) Retz of Detroit Lakes, Linda Retz of Detroit Lakes, Mary (Gene) Miller of Frazee, David (Bev) Retz of Richwood, Betty (Robert) Gullard of Lake Park and Ruthie (Joel) Beaupre of Detroit Lakes. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; three sisters, Maudie Maves of Frazee, Alice Nelson of Oklahoma and Elna Nelson of Wilmar; and two brothers, Duane (Judy) Nelson of Osage and Manley (Betty) Nelson of Henning.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Leo; sister, Carrie Cartwright; infant sister, Mae Nelson; and a grandson, John Russell.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Online tributes can be shared at