Lorna Lydia Guetzkow, age 100, of Mayer, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
She was born May 3, 1912, in Glencoe, the daughter of Adolph and Minnie (Dummer) Pinske. Born and raised in Glencoe, Lorna was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, and graduated from Glencoe High School.
This past June, her 100th birthday was proclaimed “Lorna Guetzkow Day” by the City of Mayer.
Lorna was united in marriage to Clarence H. Guetzkow June 29, 1934, at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. Ernest Kolbe. Their marriage was blessed by two sons, Roger and Leon.
Lorna worked for a number of years with her husband in the Mayer Meat Market, and in later years, as a secretary at Umco Corporation.
She was active in the Minnesota Rural Letter Carriers Association Auxiliary for many years, including serving as president. She was also active in the Carver County Homemakers and helped organize the Carver County Library Board. In later years, Lorna was an active member of the Watertown Senior Citizens Group.
A long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, Lorna participated in many church activities and was a charter member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. For more than 50 years, she was a member of Zion’s choir.
Lorna loved her Lord and family, attending the many sports events and other activities that involved her sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her personal interests included gardening and playing cards. She also enjoyed attending a Twins game with her family at Target Field.
Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; parents Adolph and Minnie Pinske; father-in-law and mother-in-law Albert and Caroline Guetzkow; brothers Herbert, Raymond, Alvin, and Gordon Pinske; and sisters Leona and Laverna Pinske, and Viola Ernst.
She is survived by her loving family: sons and daughters-in-law Roger and Janet Guetzkow of Rochester Hills, MI, and Leon and Joleen Guetzkow of Mayer; grandchildren Rick and Heidi Guetzkow, Kristin Whittemore, Lisa and Ken Mroz, Chris and Laura Guetzkow, and Allison and Joe Blake; great-grandchildren Victoria Guetzkow, Christian, Alyssa and Taylor Whittemore, Andrew and Madeline Guetzkow, and Simon Blake; sisters Myrtle Matthews of Glencoe, and Gertrude Coulter of Anoka; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, with the Rev. Lucas Woodford officiating. There was visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church, and interment followed the service, in the church cemetery.
Casket bearers were Rick Guetzkow, Chris Guetzkow, Joe Blake, Christian Whittemore, Al Heuer, and Tim “Stu” Glock.
Honorary casket bearers were members of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.