Laura J. Spies, 98, of Fergus FallsPublished 9:27am Thursday, September 12, 2013 Updated 11:28am Thursday, September 12, 2013
Laura J. Spies, 98, of Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.
She was born June 18, 1915, on the Berg farm near Underwood, the daughter of Ole and Caroline (Widness) Berg.
She graduated from Underwood High School and then Moorhead State Teachers College. She taught school for two years.
On June 8, 1939, she married George Spies at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Fergus Falls. She joined her husband in his business, Service Food, which they owned and operated until their retirement in 1976. The store has remained in the Spies family since their retirement. During their retirement Laura and George spent many winters in Sun City West, Ariz.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.
Laura enjoyed reading, playing cards, travel, her home and her flowers. She will be remembered for her love of hot coffee and sweets, especially dark chocolate. Time spent with her family and grandchildren always brought her special joy, especially on holidays and Sundays at Otter Tail Lake.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, George; a daughter, Mary Gail Coleman; a grandson, Brent Spies; brothers, Arnie I, Arnie II, Christian, Joe and Orville; sisters, Josephine, Carrie, Florence, Mabel and Elsie; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Survivors include two sons, Gary (Sharon) Spies and David (Janice) Spies, all of Fergus Falls; eight grandchildren, Shelly (Brian) Suckow, Lana (Tim) Johnson, Amy (Kevin) King, Matthew (Julia) and Jonathan (Erin) Spies, Tom (Melanie), Sarah and Sean (Hira) Coleman; 12 great- grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Iva Berg and Ethel Spies; brother-in-law Merle Scott; and a son-in-law, John Coleman.
Memorials are preferred to Pioneer Home Foundation or First Lutheran Foundation.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, at First Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls
Clergy: Revs. Saul Stensvaag and Harry Olson
Burial: St. Otto’s Catholic Cemetery, Fergus Falls
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls