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Winnie Moltzan

Winnie Moltzan

Feb. 27, 1933-May 5, 2013

Former Frazee resi-dent Winnie Moltzan, 80, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, surrounded by her family.

A memorial service for Winnie will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 9 in Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church, with Pastor Brenda North offi-ciating.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednes-day, May 8, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at Furey Funeral Home, Frazee. It continues for one hour prior to Thurs-day's services at the church.

Lunch will be served at the church following the service. Burial will take place at the Lakeside Cemetery in Frazee.

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Winnie was born Feb-ruary 27, 1933, in Villard, Minn., the fourth of seven daughters born to Daniel and Sarah (Clarno) Moon. She grew up in Villard, eventually moving to Park Rapids.

Winnie worked at a resort near Park Rapids and then at Lakes Laun-dry in Detroit Lakes. She met a handsome navy man, Vernon Moltzan, in Detroit Lakes. The couple was united in marriage on March 10, 1953, at the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church. The couple made their home in rural Frazee, buying the home they lived in for 45 year in 1956.

The couple had 5 chil-dren: Roger, Peggy, Ruth, Lyle and Pam. They owned and operated the Spruce Grove Dance Hall, which they enjoyed for many years. Winnie then worked for Swift Turkey Plant for a number of years, and enjoyed 18 years of housekeeping at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Winnie enjoyed caring for her family and always kept busy. She loved to cook and bake, and can vegetables from her gar-den. She liked yard work and kept a very neat and tidy house. She and neighbor ladies got to-gether for Hilltop Home-makers Club, and Winnie also looked forward to the Saturday night Neigh-borhood Card Club whist games.

Winnie enjoyed the years of attending her children's school and sporting events, and served as a 4-H leader for 24 years. She was very proud of her grandchil-dren, and attended as many of their activities as she could. She loved bowling and often partic-ipated in out-of-town tournaments. She was a lifetime member of the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church, where she attended regularly until her health declined and she was not able. She then continued nurturing her faith with some of her favorite church programs that she watched on TV.

Her favorite church program aired on Sun-days at 11 a.m., and Win-nie never missed it.

Recently, Vern and Winnie made their home in Clara City, to be near their daughter Pam. Winnie remained in Clara City until the time of her passing. She will be dearly missed by her fam-ily and friends.

Surviving Winnie are her husband of 60 years, Vern Moltzan of Clara City; three children, Rog-er (LaVerne) Moltzan of Detroit Lakes, Ruth (Mike) Gendron of Hamp-ton, Va., and Pam (Ed) Zurn of Raymond; five grandchildren, Erica, Hope, Nathan, Maddy and Caitlin; two step-grandchildren, Joe and Matt; four step-great grandchildren; one great-grandson, expected to arrive in July; two sisters, Alice (Isel) Vangerud of Fargo and Martha Probst of St. Louis Park; four brothers-in-law, Leon Vangerud of Fargo, Harold Bauer of Vadnais Heights, Floyd "Butch" (LaVerne) Moltzan of rural Frazee and Jyles (Bernice) Moltzan of Moorhead; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two children, Peggy and Lyle; four sisters; and two brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers and memorial gifts, the family requests donations be made to the National Ar-thritis Foundation.