Larrel Clefisch, 67, of MoorheadPublished 9:22am Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Updated 11:23am Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Larrel Delene was born on Feb. 6, 1947, in Manning, Iowa, to Lester and Gladys (Butterfield) Benton. She graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1965, and graduated from the Antonian School of Practical Nursing in Carroll, Iowa in 1966.
She worked at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, after licensure.
She married Lewin Clefisch on May 25, 1968, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa.
She worked at Billings Hospital ICU, one of the University of Chicago’s Hospitals for one year.
In 1971, they moved to Bremerton, Wash. Larrel volunteered at the grade school and church. In 1975, they moved to Everson, Wash..
They adopted two children.
In 1988, they moved to Fergus Falls, where Larrel worked at Lake Region Hospital and the Fergus Falls Medical Group.
She became a Minnesota Master Gardener in 1998.
She volunteered for more than 11 years at the Minnesota Extension Service.
Larrel also liked to read, sew, embroider and quilt besides gardening indoors and out.
She loved to make the best BLT’s from her self-started heirloom tomato seeds.
Traveling to Washington State, Europe, England, Australia and New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii were eye openers and not just because of the plants, but the people and culture.
She is survived by her husband Lewin; a daughter, Krystel (Christopher) Hyer; a son, Nathaniel (Beth); grandchildren, Adarius, Haylee, Sophia and Madalyn.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry; her parents; and her step-father, Herbert Howey.
Memorials may be given to Holt International Children’s Services, Northern Plains Botanical Garden Society, the Landscaping Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Trinity Lutheran Foundation or any charity of your choice. No flowers or plants please.
Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church
Burial: Ceres Cemetery, Guttenberg, Iowa
Funeral Home: Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead