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Florence B. Marketon, 79

Florence B. Marketon, age 79, of Waverly, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

She was born May 18, 1930, in Waconia, to Hugo and Alma (Worm) Karels.

Florence graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 1948.

She married Edward Marketon Jan. 24, 1950, at the Church of St. Mary’s in Waverly. They made their home in Waverly, where they raised their seven children.

Very active in the church, Florence took over the making of baptismal bibs for the parish from her mother, Alma, when she passed away.

Florence loved the outdoors, was an avid big game hunter, and a charter member of the Waverly Gun Club. She and Ed, along with friends, were involved in black powder cannon shoots, of which she captained her team, Granny’s Gunners.

Florence loved to sew and crochet. She enjoyed traveling, and she and Ed made trips to Germany, Austria, Spain, Kansas, and Texas to visit their son while he was in the Army.

Even when her health was failing, she made a trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL. Last summer, she and Ed visited the Grotto in Iowa. Both places provided a spiritual blessing and comfort for her.

Over the last 10 years Florence has also enjoyed countless camping trips around the state of Minnesota with family and friends.

Florence’s family meant everything to her. She spent countless hours with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed every minute.

Her faith in God was her strength during hard times.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo and Alma Karels; son-in-law Michael Miller; brother George Karels; sisters-in-law Evelyn and Carol Karels; and brothers-in-law Joe Glunz, Duane Pylka, Leon A. Zachman, and John Janson.

Florence is survived by her husband, Edward; children and spouses, Philip and Vicki Marketon, Bonnie and Darrel Driver, Bernard and Margaret Marketon, Kathy Miller-Daiker and Jim Daiker, Mike and Jeanie Marketon, Patty and Kurt Kruckman, and Bob and Brenda Marketon; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by sisters Geraldin Janson, Lorayn Zachman, and Mary Ann (George) Uecker; brother Mark (Giny) Karels; and sister-in-law Laura Karels.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly with the Rev. Timothy Cloutier officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., and continued Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s parish center in Waverly.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.