Mavis Joyce Windsperger, age 69, of Delano and Apache Junction, AZ, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at her winter home in Apache Junction.
She was born May 11, 1941, in Echo, MN, the daughter of Roland and Myra (nee Riebe) Rolf.
Mavis was baptized May 25, 1941, at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo, by the Rev. Theodor Bauer.
In 1944, Mavis moved with her family to the Delano area. She was confirmed into the Lutheran faith June 6, 1954, by the Rev. M.J. Lenz at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano.
Mavis graduated from Delano High School in May of 1959. After graduation, she attended the Minneapolis School of Beauty and worked part time at Woolworth’s.
Mavis was united in marriage to Donald C. Windsperger, Sr. July 15, 1961. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of a son, Donald Jr.
Mavis enjoyed staying at home raising Donald, until he reached the age of 17.
In 1978, Mavis began a career at Continental Phone Company in Mound, where she made enduring, life-long friends. She worked in Mound until that office closed.
Mavis valued her faith and was an active member at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, attending Bible study, serving as a Sunday school teacher, holding offices in Women’s Club and Altar Guild, and serving on the evangelism committee.
In her later years, Mavis became a faithful member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Plymouth, where she was active in Altar Guild, Bible study, leading the women’s Bible study group, and helping with vacation Bible school.
After the passing of her beloved husband, Don, Mavis enjoyed spending her winters at her home in Apache Junction, AZ. While there, she practiced her faith by serving as a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Apache Junction.
Mavis enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, attending their choir concerts and sporting events, and even stepped in as their grandparent at school functions.
In addition to her husband, Donald Sr., Mavis was preceded in death by her parents, Roland H. and Myra M. Rolf; her baby sister, Mabel M. Rolf; her brother, Richard R. Rolf; her parents-in-law, Edward and Agnes Windsperger; brother-in-law Robert Windsperger; and great nieces Karissa Vieths and Kara Stevens.
She is survived by her loving son, Donald C. Windsperger, Jr.; sister Bonnie and brother-in-law Kenny Weege; sister Linda Rolf; brothers and sisters-in-law Elaine and Larry Heyer, Edward and Susan Windsperger, Margaret and Albert Loebertman, Judy and Allie Lacina, Kathy and Tom Maas, Betty and Dale Glunz, and Elaine Windsperger; aunts Naomi Riebe and Marge Windsperger; nieces; nephews; great nieces and nephews; cousins; and many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Plymouth, with the Rev. Bruce Janisch officiating, and Bethel Janisch serving as organist. Interment was at East Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, March 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Casket bearers were Randy Weege, Dale Weege, Allen Rolf, Mitchell Weege, Trevor Weege, Jay Stevens, Josh Stevens, and Sam Stevens.
Honorary bearers were Lynn Lahti, Brenda Stevens, Kim Vieths, Katie Stevens, Shannon Vieths, Danea Rolf, Danielle Weege, Jordan Vieths, Dabrina Rolf, Collin Vieths, Dawson Rolf, Maddie Stevens, Eva Weege and Grace Weege.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.