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Wincie M. Haapala, 97

Wincie Muriel Haapala, age 97, of Dassel, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

She was born July 14, 1913, in Dassel, to Reuben and Mable (Nyberg) Anderson.

Wincie graduated from the Dassel High School in 1931, and then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in home economics in 1935.

Wincie was a lifetime member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, where she had been baptized and confirmed.

She was united in marriage with Bernie Haapala in October of 1935, at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel. They made their home in the Dassel area, and in 1950, they built a home on Spring Lake, where they lived happily for many years.

Wincie enjoyed planting and tending to her many flower gardens. She was also active in Dassel Women’s Club and enjoyed playing bridge and golfing with her friends. She had been an active golfer and bowler into her mid 80s.

Wincie loved to cook and had once tested recipes for the Betty Crocker Company.

She was greatly excited about the upcoming birth of her (twin) great-great-grandchildren to Nicholas and Jenna.

Wincie will be deeply missed by her family and her friends.

She is survived by her children, James “Tex” (Pat) Haapala of Dassel, David (Gloria) Haapala of Wayzata, Tom and (Sue) Haapala of Irvine, CA, and Nathan (Sharon) Haapala of St. Paul; six grandchildren, Debbie (Paul) Burandt, Jonathan (Heidi) Haapala, Erik Haapala, Mark Haapala, Meghan Haapala, and Millie Haapala; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas (Jenna) Burandt, Lesley Kim Burandt, Levi Haapala, Jordan Haapala, and Grant Haapala; and her soon-to-be-born twin great-great-grandchildren.

Wincie is also survived by a sister, Jean Appleyard of Denver, CO; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie; parents; a brother, Bob; and a sister, Marie Larson.

The funeral service took place Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. The Revs. Steven Olson and John Peterson officiated, and interment was at the Dassel Cemetery.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.