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LoVerna Sophie Schlueter

LoVerna Sophie Schlueter, age 94, of Waconia, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.

She was born March 21, 1913, in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Herman and Emma (Ide) Lempher, and the second of three children. LoVerna was baptized April 13, 1913, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. William Greve, and confirmed March 28, 1926, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. E. Kolbe.

LoVerna was united in marriage to Eberhard W. Schlueter June 8, 1932, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. E. Kolbe. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Burnell and Willard.

The family spent many years farming in Hancock Twp., rural Cologne, before retiring in 1965 to their home in Waconia.

LoVerna was employed at Tonka Toys in Mound and worked on the assembly line. After retiring from Tonka Toys, she would babysit for the neighbors’ children, and helped her husband assemble and varnish over 100 cedar chests that they shared with their family members and sold to the community.

LoVerna also enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, and tending to many houseplants, and she made quilts, afghans, and doilies that she shared with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was a loving wife, mom, grandma. and great-grandma.

After the death of her husband, Eberhard in 2000, and with failing health, LoVerna was determined to stay living in her Waconia home. In November of 2007, after an unfortunate fall, she became a resident of the Waconia Good Samaritan Center until her death.

In addition to her husband, Eberhard, LoVerna was preceded in death by her son, Willard; son and daughter-in-law Burnell and Delores Schlueter; father and mother Herman and Emma Lempher; brother and sister-in-law Harold and Elnora Lempher; sister and brother-in-law Vidella and Erwin Matthews; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Antonia Schlueter; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

LoVerna is survived by her grandchildren: Trule (Clayton) Mackenthun of Hamburg, Mark (Renee) Schlueter of Cologne, Darren (Julie) Schlueter of Shakopee, and Layton (Michelle) Schlueter of Mayer; great-grandchildren: Jason (Amy) Mackenthun of Green Isle, Jared and Nicholas Mackenthun of Hamburg, Amanda, Mackenzie and Samantha Schlueter of Shakopee, and Madison, McKenna and Morgan Schlueter of Mayer; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Twp., Cologne, with the Rev. Eric Zacharias officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

LoVerna’s grandchildren were her casket bearers.

Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; online guestbook at: www.johnsonfh.com