Elizabeth Gertrude Luetgers, 97, of Fergus FallsPublished 9:51am Friday, July 19, 2013 Updated 11:52am Friday, July 19, 2013
Elizabeth Luetgers, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.
Elizabeth was born Aug. 29, 1915, to Christ and Ida (Nordin) Kasten at home in rural Hoffman. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church.
She attended country school and graduated from the 8th grade, at which time she could not continue her education because she was needed to work at home and also to work for other families who needed help at various times.
She learned to be a seamstress at age 16 and was responsible for mending and sewing for her family. In later years she took tailoring classes and did custom sewing and alterations as well as making clothes for herself and Joyce.
She married Albert (Mat) Luetgers Jr in 1944, and they made their home on a farm near Evansville. Later they moved to Hoffman. Daughter Joyce was born in 1951. Elizabeth lived in Hoffman until 1970 at which time she moved to Fergus Falls.
After moving to Fergus Falls, Elizabeth worked at Rosenblatt’s Sewing Factory and then finished her working career in the housekeeping dept at Lake Region Hospital.
After retirement, she enjoyed working with the quilting groups at Augustana Lutheran Church and the Fergus Falls Senior Center, which she continued to do until age 97 10/12 years. She moved to River Bend Apartments in 1992 and enjoyed living there for 19 years, making friends and participating in the various activities.
Elizabeth enjoyed quilting and sewing all her life. She also was able to do some traveling with friends Phyllis, Ethel and Ruth after retirement and they had many happy times together. She also liked to take pictures, make photo albums and scrapbooks and in later years, do word puzzle books.
She was preceded in death by her father Christ, mother, Ida; brothers Glen, Kermit (Bert) and Ray Kasten; sisters, Norma (Norris) Bugge and Ina (Charles) Luetgers; a son-in-law Ray Fleischfresser; a niece Doris Luetgers; cousins, Gladys Anderson, Lester Nordin, Laurane Jensen, Violet Meyer, Orrin Nordin; and “grand dog,” Mindy.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Fleischfresser, Fargo; cousins Wilton (Barbara) Swenson, Mesa Ariz., and Hoffman; Jennes (Arlou) Swenson, Hoffman; Duane (Lois) Nordin, Hackensack; nieces, Sandy Johnson, San Jose, Calif.; Sharon Brick, Lakeville; Diane (Erick) Johnson, Yorktown Va.; Virginia Luetgers, Alexandria; nephews, Dennis (Loreena) Luetgers, Worthington, and Gary Luetgers, Evansville; great-nieces, Darcie (Casey) Young, Dixie (Troy) Duerksen, Jennifer (Eric) Schultze, Stephanie Luetgers, and Maiah Johnson; great-nephews, Brian Luetgers, Scott (Silvia) Johnson and Nathan Johnson; great-great nieces, Danielle Duerksen and Ainsley Elizabeth Schultze; great-great nephews, Braden and Ashton Young, Tylor and Treyton Duerksen; and “grand dog,” Maggie.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the funeral home
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls.
Clergy: Rev. Steve Wold
Burial: Bethel Cemetery, Hoffman
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls