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Rachel M. Custer, 81

Rachel Marian Custer, age 81, of Howard Lake, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center.

She was born March 6, 1932, in Winsted, to Joseph and Corinne (Marks) Zimmermann.

Rachel graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1951.

She married John Custer July 5, 1953, at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake. God blessed their marriage with a son; Mark.

Rachel and John operated the Custer’s Super Valu in Howard Lake from 1960-1988.

Rachel was very involved in the community and enjoyed volunteering at church and as a member of the Howard Lake Fire Department Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She enjoyed traveling, entertaining, reading, and listening to old time music. She and John spent 17 winters in Hawaii, and made many friends there.

Most of all, Rachel loved her family. She relished her grandchildren, from the years of toddler tea parties until they were grown. She also enjoyed spending time with her sisters and her friends.

Rachel is survived by her husband John; son Mark (Lori) Custer of Howard Lake; four grandchildren: Christine Fetterley, Amy (Michael) Noll, Beth (Andrei) Stolyarchuk, and Jill Custer; and two great-grandchildren: Lily Noll and Maddox Noll.

She is further survived by two sisters, Marjorie (Clayton) Helinske, and Yvonne Urban; three brothers, Loren (Charlotte) Zimmermann, Gordon (Gloria) Zimmermann, and Clifford (Linda) Zimmermann; a sister-in-law, Marlene Zimmermann; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Rachel was preceded in death by: her parents, brother Kenneth, sister Laura Mae, brother-in-law Ted Urban, father-in-law James Custer and mother-in-law Alice Custer.

A memorial service took place Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake with the Rev. Jake Van Prenis officiating. There was visitation from noon to 2 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will take place in the spring at Howard Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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