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Sophia Appolonia Laxen

Sophia Appolonia Laxen, age 90, of Winsted, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. She was visiting her daughter when she suffered a massive stroke.

Sophia Laxen, daughter of Clemens and Anna (Karels) Artmann, was the 10th of 11 children. She was born Nov. 23, 1911, on the Artmann family farm in Winsted Township.

Sophia attended Holy Trinity Grade School.

She married John Benedict "Chuck" Laxen in Fort Francis Ontario, Canada, Dec. 29, 1931. They spent their entire married life in Winsted Township, where they farmed the Laxen homestead. After the death of her husband, Sophia moved to Winsted.

Preceding her in death was her husband, John; parents, Clemens and Anna Artmann; a son, Donald; and nine of her 10 siblings.

Sophia was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. She also belonged to the St. Anne Society and to Holy Trinity's Council of Catholic Women.

She is survived by her sons, Roderick (Pat) Laxen of Tampa, Fla., Jack Laxen of St. Charles, Mo., and Ronald Laxen of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Mary Ann Laxen of East Grand Forks, Judy Laxen and Janice (Richard) Mortenson, all of San Francisco, Calif.; grandchildren, John Boyd Laxen, Debra Wright, Dana Mortenson, and Jill Harmon; great-grandchildren, Cory and Shane Laxen and Decker John Harmon; a sister, Anna Fiecke of Winsted; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Sophia Laxen was Wednesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted. The Rev. Maynard Kegler and the Rev. Paul Wolf were the concelebrants, and interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Steven Laxen was the commentator for the Mass, and family members were the readers.

Friends called Tuesday, March 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted. A St. Anne Rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m., a VFW Auxillary Memorial Service was at 6 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.

Robert Bayerl, James Laxen, Dale Lachermeier, Bruce Bebo, Jack Wiemiller, and Vincent Laxen served as casket bearers.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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