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Lucille Eveyln Venske was born August 23, 1921, at Silver Creek. She was the daughter of Charles and Ruth (Sheldon) Klemz. Venske was baptized July 16, 1922 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Silver Creek, by Rev. Steufert, and confirmed in her faith at that same church Aug. 4, 1935, by Rev. Cloeter.
Venske was united in marriage to Herbert (Bud) Venske Sept. 19, 1942 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Phoenix, Az. by Rev. Koehler. This union was blessed with the births of three children.
Shortly after their marriage, Bud was called to serve his country and entered the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in England, and Lucille was not able to go with him. After raising enough money, she left Arizona and came home to Minnesota.
She lived at Knapp, rural Cokato, near the creamery where her sister and brother-in-law lived.
Bud returned to Minnesota following his service time and they made their home in Howard Lake and joined St. James Lutheran Church.
Lucille became an active member of the community and her church. She was a Sunday school teacher for one of the first nursery classes at St. James Sunday school. She then took on the duties of Sunday school secretary and served in that position for many years.
When the Red Cross would conduct a Bloodmobile in Howard Lake, Lucille was always a willing volunteer. One of her favorite pastimes was doing needle work, and she always enjoyed family gatherings.
While a resident at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center, Lucille was called to her eternal life Nov. 13, 2002, at the age of 81 years, 2 months, and 21 days.
Lucille was proceeded in death by her parents, Charles and Ruth Klemz; two brothers, Bud Klemz and Russell Klemz; one sister Judy Herzog; and son-in-law Loren Stueven.
Her husband, Herbert, died Nov. 21, 2002, at Good Samaritan Center in Howard Lake.
She is survived by children Carol (Brian) Moorhead, Jean (Steve) Guenther, and James (Kathie) Venske; eight grandchildren, Bret (Christine) Stueven, Chad (Kristal) Stueven, Jaime Stueven, Joseph Guenther, Anna Guenther, Cole Venske, Carrie Venske, Kyle (Connie) Moorhead; seven great-grandchildren; Lindsey, Marshall, Kayla, Megan, Wyatt, Loren, and Maddison; 10 brothers and sisters; Iva Mattinson, Bud Klemz, Lloyd Klemz, Vivian Bratch, Marvin Klemz, Dayle Klemz, Arlene Barnes, Neil Klemz, Gladys Ahsenmacher, and Jack Klemz; nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.
Arrangements were made by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake. Funeral services were Nov. 16, 2002, at St. James Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael Nirva officiating.
The organist was Nancy Butterfass, with special music by soloist Kathe Eldred. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her grandchildren; Bret Stueven, Chad Stueven, Jaime Stueven, Joseph Guenther, Anna Guenther, Cole Venske, Carrie Venske, and Kyle Moorhead.
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