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Donald E. Roepke, 85, and Mabel D. Roepke, 78

A service to celebrate Mabel and Donald’s lives was Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with visitation one hour before the services at the church.


Donald Emil Roepke, age 85, of New Richland, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the New Richland Care Center.

His wife of 61 years, Mabel Darlene Roepke, age 78, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the New Richland Care Center.

Donald was born Oct. 19, 1928, in rural Carver County, the son of Emil and Hilda (Karels) Roepke.

Mabel was born June 9, 1935, in rural Sibley County, to Kneeland and Bertha (Kroppen) Molashin.

Donald and Mabel were married Aug. 28, 1952, at St. John’s Church in Young America.

They are survived by their children, Don and Shirley Roepke, Deb and Scott Markell, Denise and Mark Guderian, Deanne and Rob Wickenhauser, and Dean and Michelle Roepke; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

They are also survived by brothers and sisters, Darla Plieseis, Esther and Arden Mueller, Sandy and Darrell Roepke, Lavonne Stock, Darlene Mueller, Merle and Dorothy Molash, Earl Molash, and Helen Woods.

Donald and Mabel were preceded in death by their son, David; and several brothers and sisters.

A service to celebrate Mabel and Donald’s lives will take place at a later date.

Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services of Waseca is handling the arrangements; dennisfuneralhomes.com.