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Clementine “Clem” M. Pillatzki

Clementine “Clem” M. Pillatzki, age 83 of Buffalo, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

She was born June 12, 1921 in Delano to the late Peter and Mary (Kittock) Libor.

Clem was united in marriage to Leo P. Pillatzki June 14, 1939 at St. Peter’s Church in Delano. Following their marriage, and until 1960, the couple farmed near Nassau.

For the next nine years, they lived in Hutchinson, and during that time, Clem was employed at Telex in Glencoe.

From 1969 until 1978, the couple lived in Mound, and Clem was employed by Tonka Toys and Advance Machine, from which she retired.

Following retirement, the couple moved to Buffalo, where Clem worked in housekeeping at the Buffalo Hospital.

Clem enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, camping, and gardening. She also liked to embroider.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Clem was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, April 25, 1998; her parents; and siblings Edward, George, Lawrence, Peter Jr., and Anna Hanson.

Survivors include her children: Delores (Ardell) Walgrave of Crystal, Patricia (John) Wilner of Cosmos, Leone (Dwayne) Johnson of Randall, and Lee (Debbie) Pillatzki of Chanhassen; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Clem is further survived by her siblings, Marion Murray of Buffalo, Genevive Annett of Lester Prairie, Elizabeth Gueningsman of Howard Lake, Rosella Hudson of Elk River, Delores (Marvin) Sikkila of Buffalo, Annette (Larry) Thielen of Zimmerman, Mary (Mike) Dongoski of Howard Lake, Arthur Libor of Pharr, Texas; Stephen (Joan) Libor of Andover; and Paul (Joan) Libor of West Fork, Ark.

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo with the Rev. Tom Rayer and Deacon Adrian Boisclair officiating. Music was provided by Marilyn Quigley on the organ. The St. Francis Resurrection Choir sang “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Amazing Grace,” “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Interment was in St. Francis Cemetery.

Visitation took place Sunday, May 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the chapel.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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