Dallas Lillian (Quast) Ehrke, age 89, of Glencoe, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at GlenFields Living with Care in Glencoe.
She was born Dec. 12, 1929, in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Ewald and Mary (Dose) Quast. Dallas was baptized as an infant Jan. 5, 1930, and confirmed in her faith as a youth March 29, 1942, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Dallas received her education at District #84 country school and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Parochial School in rural Lester Prairie.
She was united in marriage to Walter Ehrke Oct. 25, 1947, by Pastor Walter Fischer at the parsonage of Evangelical and Reformed Church in Lester Prairie. Dallas and Walter made their home in Lester Prairie and Silver Lake. In 2012, Dallas moved to Orchard Estates in Glencoe.
Walter and Dallas’ life was blessed with two daughters, Brenda and Bonnie. The couple shared over 62 years of marriage until Walter passed away July 27, 2010.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Dallas helped Walter on their dairy farm until 2004, when they retired.
Dallas was an active member of Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie. As her ministry to the church, she proudly served on the Women’s Guild. She was also a member of Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.of A).
Dallas enjoyed gardening, baking, traveling with Walter (annual trips to California and Washington, plus a tour of Germany), crocheting, playing cards, and listening and dancing to polka music. You would even find her and Walter dancing down the streets during local city parades on the hottest summer days.
Dallas cherished the time spent with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.
She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Kamps of Moorhead; granddaughters Carrie Wuollett and her husband, Al, of Moorhead, and Jamie Kisner and her husband, Bill, of Kelliher; great-grandchildren Grace Wuollett, Max Wuollett, Sammi Kisner, Dalton Kisner, and Madelin Kisner; great-great-granddaughter, Elaina Kobes; son-in-law Russell Trnka of Silver Lake; a sister, Lorraine Bandemer, and her husband, Elton, of Plato; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jean Quast of Phoenix, AZ, Clarence Ehrke and his wife, Ramona, of Lester Prairie, and Doris Gatz and her husband, Orville, of Wayzata; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
In addition to her husband, Walter, Dallas was preceded in death by her parents, Ewald and Mary Quast; father-in-law and mother-in-law Fred and Ida Ehrke; daughter, Brenda Trnka; and 10 siblings and their spouses.
The funeral service took place Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, followed by interment at the Lester Prairie City Cemetery in Lester Prairie. Pastor Al Fiene officiated, and Alice Nowak was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”
Casket bearers were Al Wuollett, Bill Kisner, Dalton Kisner, Louis Graupmann, Brian Bandemer, and Kurt Landin
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.