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Marian C. Keppers, 72

Marian Catherine (Wimmer) Keppers, age 72, of Dassel, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

She was born June 23, 1941, in Darwin, the daughter of Leo and Ludvina (Weber) Wimmer. Marian grew up in the Darwin area, attended school in Dassel, and later attended Litchfield High School.

She was united in marriage to Melvin Keppers June 25, 1960, at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin by Father Fleming. The couple made their home in Saint Paul, and later moved to Maplewood, where they raised their children.

For the past 23 years, they have made their home in Dassel, overlooking Lake Washington.

Marian’s husband and family were the most important thing in her life. She was a born caregiver, who always thought about others, before she thought about herself.

She always had children around her, a grandchild, great- grandchild, one of the many nieces or nephews, or a child that she was taking care of.

Marian enjoyed spending time fishing, crocheting, making jewelry, reading, and doing puzzles.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin, of Dassel; children, Donald W. (Jenifer) Keppers of Inver Grove Heights, Patti Garding of Darwin, and Sharon (Bill) Lindborg of Maplewood; honorary son, Joe Leonard of South St. Paul; four grandchildren, Sarah Keppers, Christopher Keppers, Samantha Keppers, and Shawn Keppers; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Pete (Darlene) Wimmer of Dubois, WY, Bill (Linda) Wimmer, Frank (Karen) Wimmer all of Darwin, Leonard (Karen) Wimmer, Tom (Gayle) Wimmer, all of Dassel, and Margie (Frank) Pfel of Baker City, OR; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Michael; her parents; siblings Lorriane Wilard, Victor, Charles, and Theresa Lanigan; and a son-in-law, Ed Garding.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin with Fr. Brian Mandel officiating, followed by interment at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

There was a time to gather with family one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.

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