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Lila F. Koenecke, 97

Lila Fern Koenecke, age 97, of Delano, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Golden Living Center (The Estates) in Delano.

She was born Feb. 20, 1920, the oldest of six children born to Fern (Boyington) and Walter Koenecke in Madelia.

Lila grew up and attended school in Madelia until her marriage to Lyle (Blackie). The couple made their home in Tacoma, WA, where Blackie was assigned to Fort Lewis during World War II and deployed.

While Blackie was away, Lila loved the restaurant life, where customers became friends.

They resided in Tacoma together until Blackie’s passing in 1993.

Lila was an accomplished artist and made friends exhibiting her paintings at various art shows in the area. Some were shown at the Olympia Capitol.

She came to make her home in Minnesota at the age of 89. Lila always enjoyed her independence.

She entered the Golden Living Center (The Estates) in January of this year, where she touched many hearts of the residents and staff.

Lila was a treasured gift to all, and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her sister, Arline Reihs; brother Burton (Virginia) Koenecke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lila’s heart will always be in Washington, with the view of Mt. Ranier out her living room window and loving memories of the Carr family.

Funeral services took place Monday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at the Delano United Methodist Church, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church, prior to the services. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood, WA.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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