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Mavis Huepenbecker, 81

Mavis Hilda Huepenbecker, age 81, of Glencoe, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at the St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born May 30, 1933, in Waconia, the daughter of William and Ida (Kamps) Schwirtz. Mavis was baptized June 25, 1933, at the St. Paul’s Ev. Reformed Church of Hamburg by the Rev. Otto Vriesen; and confirmed in her faith as a young adult at the same church.

Mavis was united in marriage with Frederick Huepenbecker June 23, 1951, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato.

Mavis and Fred lived on the Huepenbecker family farm near Plato until 1967, at which time they became residents of Glencoe.

Mavis had worked for the Crystal Theatre and later, the Green Giant Canteen.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting blankets, and adding to her eclectic collection of dolls. Mavis loved to prepare feasts for her family and baking treats to share with others. She also enjoyed having garage sales and spending time with family and friends.

Mavis loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished the special moments that she created uniquely for each one. She will be remembered for her love of life and forever being young at heart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Huepenbecker; parents William and Ida Schwirtz; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Amanda Huepenbecker; brothers Wyman Schwirtz, William Schwirtz, Wilford (Louise) Schwirtz, Kenny Schmitz, and Raymond Schwirtz; sisters Leona Schmitz, and Myrtle (Wilbert) Panning; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Vincent Goetz, Lorna and Max Birkholz, and Hilda and Leonard Oelfke.

Mavis is survived by her loving family: children Wayne (Dawn) Huepenbecker of Litchfield, Lois (Dale) Schlauderaff of Glencoe, and Lori (Scott) Daak of Hutchinson; grandchildren Jerad (Valerie) Huepenbecker, Joslin (Jason) Thiemann, Jalissa (Chad) Kruckman, Cole (Stephanie) Schlauderaff, Mandy Schlauderaff, and Grace Daak; and great-grandchildren Kade, William and Eli Huepenbecker, Brooke, Cora and Pierce Thiemann, and Kinsley and Brayden Kruckman.

She is further survived by a sister, LuAnna Goetz of Waconia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Betty Schwirtz of Eagan, Lorna Schwirtz of Norwood Young America, Betty Schmitz of Pierz, Fidelis Schwirtz of Bloomington, Doris and Orville Schrupp of Plato, and Doris and Elwood Huepenbecker of Mankato; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church Of Christ in Plato, with the Rev. Brian Brosz as officiant. There was a gathering of family and friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Serving as urn bearers were Mavis’ grandchildren, Jerad, Joslin, Jalissa, Cole, Mandy and Grace; and honorary urn bearers were great-grandchildren Kade, William, Eli, Brooke, Cora, Pierce, Kinsley, and Brayden.

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

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