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Lillian Zuehl, 98

Lillian Sophia Olga Zuehl, age 98, of Lester Prairie, entered her eternal rest Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Elim Health Care Center in Watertown, surrounded by her family,

She was born Oct. 6, 1913, in Bergen Township, Lester Prairie, the daughter of Wilhelm and Marie (Klaustermeier) Paul. Lillian was baptized as an infant Oct. 26, 1913, by the Rev. W. Baumhoefener; and was confirmed in her faith May 29, 1927, by the Rev. J. A. Schert, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Lillian was united in marriage to Gustav Zuehl June 13, 1933, by the Rev. Paul Eckert at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. This marriage was blessed with five children, Leonard, Elaine, Carolyn, Marilyn, and Mary Ann.

Lillian and Gustav made their home in Lester Prairie. They shared over 40 years of marriage, until Gustav passed away April 14, 1974.

Lillian was united in marriage to Arnold Lemke Jan. 5, 1980, by the Rev. Charles Wind at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Lillian and Arnold made their home in Lester Prairie, and shared 21 years of marriage, until Arnold passed away April 1, 2001.

In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Lillian held employment at Tonka Toys in Mound, Green Giant in Glencoe, and Alice Haney Nursing Home in Lester Prairie. She also babysat for many families.

A faithful member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, Lillian served with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and also cleaned the church through the years. In 2005, Lillian was honored by St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church for being a 5th Generation Family in the congregation.

She was also a member of the Lester Prairie Senior Citizens and was honored to represent McLeod County as the Senior Citizen Queen in 2003.

Lillian enjoyed socializing, and was a hardworking woman. She loved gardening, playing cards, canning, and yard work. Lillian found a hidden talent, painting her first picture at the age of 97. She cherished the time spent with family and friends, especially going out to eat with her family on special occasions.

She is survived by her children, Leonard Zuehl and his wife, Joan, of New Hope, Elaine Briesemeister and her husband, Vernon, of Lester Prairie, Carolyn Fasching and her husband, Virgil, of Tonka Bay, Marilyn Engel of Jefferson, WI, and Mary Ann Teubert and her husband, John, of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Lori Bergmann and her husband, James, Tom Zuehl and his special friend, Connie Nelson, Steve Zuehl and his wife, Ranee, LaJean Hoof and her husband, Don, Gary Briesemeister, Margie Herrmann and her husband, Jerome, Kathy Briesemeister and her husband, Brad Arnold, Brian Briesemeister, Linda Bailey and her husband, Lee, Bonnie Sperbeck and her husband, Keith, Diane Weber and her husband, Mat, Cathy Engel and her special friend, Jason Zais, Tammy Diehn and her husband, Allen, Kari Schurmann and her husband, Mark, and Shelly Liestman and her husband, Jeff; 32 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Lillian is further survived by stepchildren Howard Lemke and his wife, Phyllis, of Plato, and Eldora Pulkrabek and her husband, Jack, of Glencoe; numerous step grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

In addition to her husbands, Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Marie Paul; grandchildren Jeffrey Zuehl, Scott Briesemeister, Tom Engel, and Christine Kollath; stepson Arlo Lemke; sisters Lena Schuette (Palmer), Hulda Thiel (Gustav), Ida Zuehl (Otto), and Julia Stuedemann (Elwin); and a brother, Edward Paul (Malinda).

The funeral service took place Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.; and continued Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Hantge-McBride-Hughes Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.