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Lois June Westphal

Lois June Westphal, age 69, of Annandale, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Waverly Monday, April 16, 2007.

She was born May 24, 1937 in Howard Lake to Harry and Hildegard (Mielke) Engel. Lois was baptized June 13, 1937 and confirmed March 18, 1951 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake.

She was a 1955 graduate of Howard Lake High School.

Lois was united in marriage to Roger H. “Butch” Westphal Sept. 10, 1955, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. Their 51 years together were blessed by the birth of four children.

Butch and Lois shared their lives together as self-employed retail store operators in Aitkin, Howard Lake, Cokato, and Albion Center.

Lois enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, playing accordion, dancing, and visiting with friends. Her most precious treasures were her grandchildren.

Lois is survived by her husband, Roger; children, Wendy (Dan) Jost of Annandale, Wayne (Joy) of Vadnais Heights, Wanda (Mike) Gagnon of Waverly, and Wyatt of Vadnais Heights; grandchildren, Penny Westphal, Andy Gagnon (Christine Hodroff), Luke Gagnon, Kelly Westphal, and Jesse Westphal; brother, Dale (Bonnie) Engel of Howard Lake; sisters-in-law, Helen Engel of Watertown and Shirley Westphal of Howard Lake; brother-in-law, Wilfred (Mary) Westphal of Baxter; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Her parents, and a brother, Melvin Engel, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake with the Revs. Steven King and Peter J. Martinson officiating. Music was provided by Wendy Clark, Rev. Steven King, and Becky King. Interment was in Howard Lake Cemetery.

Friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake, and a prayer service took place at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Pallbearers were Andy and Luke Gagnon, and Dan, Bob, Jeff, and Stephen Engel. Honorary pallbearers were Penny, Kelly, and Jesse Westphal.

Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Care, Maple Lake.

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