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Mary L. Richter, 81

Mary L. Richter, age 81, of Watertown, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at her home.

She was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Lowell H. and Mary V. (Jensen) Tesch. Mary was baptized by her great-grandfather, W.F. Tesch, in Hutchinson.

She graduated from Excelsior High School in 1949, and continued her education at St. Cloud Teacher’s College.

Mary was united in marriage to Vernon O. Richter June 12, 1954, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior.

After earning her teaching diploma, she taught for 29 years in elementary education at St. Louis Park, Watertown, and Delano.

Mary was a lifelong educator and never lost her desire to learn new things. She was an avid reader, liked to travel, and was a truly gracious individual who loved to entertain her family and friends at her beautiful home, especially at Christmas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Mary Tesch.

Mary is greatly missed by her loving family including her devoted husband, Vernon; sons and daughters-in-law James and Ligia Richter of Newport Coast, CA, and David and Cathy Richter of Watertown; beautiful grandchildren Cecilia, Ralph and Lucia Hermans, Andrea Richter, and Katelin Richter and fiancé David Davis; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Gordon and Gladys Richter, and Eugene Richter, all of Roseville.

She is also survived by her wonderful cousins, who Mary saw as the brothers and sisters she never had; and a terrific group of lifelong classmates and friends who she cherished deeply; also by numerous nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Paul Krentz officiating. There was a gathering of family and friends from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.