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Wilhelmine Sarah Streich

Wilhelmine Sarah (Klucas) Streich, age 101, of Tempe, Ariz. and formerly of Howard Lake, passed away in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, April 2, 2002.

Minnie was born Oct. 6, 1900, to Frank and Louisa (Kretz) Klucas in Odessa, Minn. She was the youngest of three children and the only girl. Alfred was the oldest and Richard (Dick) was the next oldest. She was baptized as an infant into the Lutheran Church.

Her parents moved to Howard Lake when she was six years old. She grew up on a farm northwest of Howard lake. The family later moved into town when her father started working for Great Northern Railroad.

She was confirmed in 1914 at St. James Lutheran Church. She attended country school for eight years.

She married Theodore (Ted) Streich at St. James Lutheran Church Sept. 24, 1919. They lived in Howard Lake for a number of years when Ted was working on the construction of Highway 12. During that time, their first child, Harlan, was born.

Later, they moved to a farm east of town. In 1928, their daughter, Delores, was born. They moved to another farm south of Howard Lake in 1937 and remained there until 1950. They moved back into town were Ted had a profitable feed mill and later worked for Gilmer Monument Works. Ted passed away in 1979.

Minnie sold her home in 1980, and moved into the Howard Lake Apartments. She lived there for eight years until she made the big move to Tempe, Ariz., in September of 1988. She lived with her daughter, Delores, and son-in-law, Harvey Treichler. In 1992, she moved to Westchester Care Center and lived there for the rest of her life.

Minnie was always a busy homemaker and farmer's wife. She had a huge garden until she was 80 years old. She canned the fruits and vegetables that she grew. She also helped on the farm by milking the cows, feeding the chickens, and helping with the turkeys and pigs. She also assisted in hauling hay and shocking and threshing the grain.

Minnie was a very good cook, and could make a huge meal whenever anyone stopped in to visit. When the threshing crew came during late summer or early fall, she would cook for 30 to 40 people. This included neighbors and city families who came to help, and nieces and nephews who came along just to watch. She also helped with the butchering of cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens. She canned beef, smoked bacon, and made sausage (even blood sausage and head cheese).

Minnie loved to crochet and made afghans for all of the female members in her family. Embroidery work was another pasttime. She decorated dresses, scarves, and pillowcases. Whenever she was busy in her kitchen, she would be wearing a bib apron that she had made.

Minnie loved to travel. When Harlan and Delores were small, they would visit northern Minnesota, the Black Hills, or Wisconsin. After Delores moved to Arizona, Ted and Minnie traveled south every year to escape some of the cold Minnesota winter. They came by train, plane, and automobile.

At first, it was for a few weeks, but later they would stay for several months. After Ted passed away, Minnie extended her visit to five or six months. With the permanent move in 1988, she began traveling with Delores and Harvey to locations like Florida, New Orleans, Branson, Portland, Colorado, California, Hawaii, and Minnesota.

She loved to travel in the motorhome. She experienced every kind of storm and even an earthquake.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Louisa Klucas; brothers, Al (Freda) Klucas and Dick (Ollie) Klucas; her husband of almost 60 years, Theodore Streich; son, Harlan Streich; son-in-law, Harvey Treichler; sisters-in-law, Esther (Louis) Birkholz, Julia (Alvin) Gilmer, Gertrude (August) Gabbert; brothers-in-law, Robert (Ida) Streich, Ralph Streich, and Donald Streich; nieces, Lenora Munson and Ardell Leslie; nephews, Robert Klucas, Duaine Klucas, Reinhold Gabbert, Orrin Streich, Steven Streich, and Robert Streich.

Minnie is survived by her daughter, Delores Treichler, and daughter-in-law, Rachel Streich; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, Shirley (Richard) Johnson, Bruce (Terre) Treicher, Christa, Meggin (and Alexxa and T.J.); Jana (Bob) Brannon, Amanda and Lindsey; Rosalie (Gerry) LaMott, Laurie (Terry) Lehnertz (and Joshua) and Zack, Jeff (Amie) LaMott (and Spenser), Jon LaMott (and Brittany), and Jason LaMott; Craig (Debbie) Streich and Tony; David (Laurie) Streich, Charles, and Melanie; and Gaylen Streich; sister-in-law, LaVay Streich; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 13, 1:30 p.m., at St. James Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Nirva and the Rev. Schoenfeld presiding. Music was provided by Diane Johnson and David and Barb Anderson.

Pallbearers were Craig Streich, Gaylen Streich, Charles Streich, Jeff LaMott, Jon LaMott, and Jason LaMott. Honorary pallbearers were David Streich and Bruce Treichler.

Interment was at Howard Lake City Cemetery.

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