Leaette E. Dammann, age 74, of Lester Prairie, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.
The funeral service will take place Monday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Travis J. Loeslie officiating. There will be visitation from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.
Casket bearers are Wayne Rusch, Jeff Wegner, Todd Brady, Mark DeBus, Andrew Lundstrom, and Chad Henrichs.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Leaette was born Jan. 9, 1941, in Pine City, the daughter of Linden and Lillian (Gotfredson) Lundstrom. When Leaette was 5, her family moved to Brownton to open a hardware store.
She recalled hearing beautiful hymns outside her window from the local church, and telling her parents that she wanted to attend church. It was at Zion Methodist Church in Brownton that she was baptized and confirmed in her faith.
In 1959, Leaette graduated from Brownton High School. It was there that she cultivated some of her fondest memories and friendships. She enjoyed cheerleading and supporting the various athletic teams. Leaette and her high school friends met regularly throughout her life, and she often spoke of these great memories.
Leaette was united in marriage to Louis R. Dammann July 16, 1966, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, by the Rev. Wolfgang Webern.
Soon after her marriage, she graduated from Mankato State with a teaching degree, and began teaching at Lester Prairie High School as a home economics instructor.
After her third child, she decided to stay home and begin her true life’s work as a mom. Her favorite memory was of her five boys running around the home and farm as young children. She sacrificed greatly to raise her boys “right” and to give them opportunities to nurture their interests.
It was with great pride and joy that she watched her family grow and expand, and she was especially fond of her daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Leaette loved to attend and support her children’s events, and this faithful involvement continued into the lives of her many grandchildren.
Leaette’s interests were simple. She loved family, flowers, gospel music, and books. When given the verdict of her illness, she focused her energy on attending family events and enjoying God’s nature, especially the blooming of flowers in the spring.
In the end, she was overwhelmed by the support and visits of family members, friends, and volunteers. As she said, “I am blessed and forgiven. I am ready to go home with Jesus.”
Leaette was preceded in death by her parents, Linden and Lillian Lundstrom; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Lorena Dammann; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Marcella Dammann; and a nephew, Jon Dammann.
She is survived by her loving family: husband Louis Dammann; children Mark Dammann of Naples, FL, Chris (Karen) Dammann of Menlo Park, CA, Paul (Andrea) Dammann of Osakis, Bryan (Echo) Dammann of Minneapolis, and Jeremy Dammann of Hutchinson; and grandchildren Whitney Dammann, Hannah Dammann, Julia Dammann, Michaela Dammann, Isaiah Dammann, Evelyn Dammann, Ariel Dammann, and Duke Dammann.
Leaette is further survived by a brother, Loren (Joan) Lundstrom of Rochester; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lois and Hugo Rusch of Hutchinson; nieces and nephews Nancy and Todd Brady, Wayne and Cindy Rusch, Dawn and Jeff Wegner, Lisa and Mark DeBus, Andy Lundstrom, and Lori and Chad Henrichs; other relatives, and many friends.