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Hilda B. Litfin

Funeral services celebrating the life of Hilda B. Litfin, age 97, of New Germany, were Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. Hilda died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, having reached the age of 97 years, six months and 14 days.

Hilda Bertha (Kohls) Litfin was born the daughter of Herman and Caroline (Wischnack) Kohls on Aug. 8, 1906, in Camden Township, Carver County. She was baptized Sept. 2, 1906 at St. John’s Hollywood Township Church.

Hilda was confirmed into the faith March 28, 1920 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, by the Rev. Theodore Rolf.

Hilda was united in marriage Feb. 9, 1924, to Leonard J. Litfin Sr. in Minneapolis. The couple lived in St. Paul and Hopkins, then moved to a small farm south of New Germany, and finally, into the town of New Germany.

The couple owned and operated Lens Place Tavern for 33 years.

Hilda was a lifelong member of St. Mark Lutheran Church of New Germany, and also a member of the St. Mark Ladies Aid.

She enjoyed quilt making and crocheting. She also enjoyed playing games with her grandchildren, and took great pride in caring for and babysitting for them.

Hilda also loved fishing at their cabin on Eagle Lake in Big Fork.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Caroline Kohls; her loving husband, Leonard J. Litfin Sr.; sisters Norma Clasen, Erna Menth, and stillborn twins; grandchildren Scott Schultz and Linnea Stender; daughter-in-law Lucille Litfin; and brothers and sisters-in-law August Litfin, Josephine and Ed Mallak, and Loretta and Ben Radtke.

Hilda is survived by her children: Leonard Litfin Jr., of Chaska, and Eldoris Schultz and husband, Victor, of New Germany; grandchildren: Ellise Lambe of Waconia, Randy Litfin and wife, Marsha, of Chaska, Dorinda Brown and husband, Curtis, of Sacramento, Calif., Jill Stender of New Germany, Bradley Schultz and wife, Vicki, of Mayer, Mardeen Schultz of San Marcos, Calif., Laurie Trende and husband, David, of Watertown, Jerrol Schultz and wife, Bonnie, of Waverly, and Julie Jopp and husband, John, of Watertown; 19 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by a brother, Lee Roy Kohls, and his wife, Jean, of Moline, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Sophie Litfin of Winsted; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Rev. Allen Holthus officiated at the 11 a.m. funeral service. Organist was Vernice Menth and congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” and “Rock Of Ages.” Soloist Franklin Schoenke sang “Muede bin ich, geh zur ruh.”

Visitation was Wednesday evening, Feb. 25, at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

Casketbearers were Jerrol Schultz, Bradley Schultz, Randy Litfin, John Jopp, Keith Brelje, Jamie Jopp, Cory Schultz, Danny Brelje, Ryan Litfin, Tyler Trende and Tom Derner.

Interment was in St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel, Lester Prairie.

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