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Doris Ruth Engel

Doris Ruth Engel, age 93, of Howard Lake, was called to her eternal rest March 19, 2002, as a resident at Howard Lake Care Center.

Doris (June) Ruth Engel was born June 22, 1908, north of Howard Lake, the daughter of Fred and Dora (nee Kallenbach) Fiedler. She was the ninth child of 13.

As a member of the Church of Christ, Howard Lake, she was baptized July, 1920, by the Rev. L. P. Gabriel and confirmed as an adult Oct. 25, 1925, by the Rev. C. G. Seltz at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake.

She was united in marriage to Walter Engel at Buffalo Sept. 3, 1924. This union was blessed with the births of four sons, Duane, Glen, Roger, and Eugene.

They made their home on a farm north of Howard Lake, where Doris enjoyed cooking and keeping house. Her duties on the farm included taking care of the chickens, washing the separator, and, eventually, milkers.

When Duane and Roger were married, she taught her daughters-in-law how to wash the separator and also how to make the traditional German foods that were her boys' favorites. The lunches, dinners, and holiday meals she made were always a special treat. Doris looked forward to visits every Saturday morning with her sons, Roger and Duane.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Dora Fiedler; husband, Walter; sons, Duane, Glen, Roger, and Eugene; six sisters; five brothers; one grandson, and two great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one sister, Ione and her husband Ben Anderson of Annandale. She also leaves to mourn two daughters-in-law, Marilyn Engel and Bertie Engel; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Friday, March 23, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

The organist was Nancy Butterfass. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jason Engel, Corey Stueven, Scott Hoffman, Robert Belt, Gerry Stueven, and Robert Hoffman.

Arrangements were made by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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