Mary Lou Fruetel, age 73, of Hutchinson, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at her home.
Her funeral service will take place Friday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, followed by interment at the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.
Pastor Al Fiene will officiate at the service, and Alice Nowak will be the organist. Soloist Chuck Thiel will perform “Hello Mary Lou” and Jesus Loves Me. Special music will be “Well Done,” and congregational hymns will include “O Jesus, I Have Promised” (Mary Lou’s confirmation song), and “Joy to the World.”
Casket bearers will be Richard Martin, Troy Hoen, Tina Arneson, Tricia Hoen, Vanessa Betker, Jeffrey Fruetel, and Angela Fruetel.
Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.
Mary Lou was born June 28, 1946, in Glencoe, the daughter of Virgil Stanley and Elvira Augusta (Benkowski) Fruetel. She was baptized as an infant July 14, 1946, by the Rev. H. R. Burkett; and confirmed in her faith as a youth June 5, 1960, by the Rev. Paul Bendit, both at Evangelical & Reformed Church (now known as Prairie Community Church) in Lester Prairie. Mary Lou’s confirmation verse was Psalms 5:5.
She received her education at Lester Prairie Public School through the eighth grade.
Mary Lou grew up in Lester Prairie, and lived the last 27 years in Hutchinson. She worked at the Biscay Day Activity Center in Biscay, and then at ATHC in Winsted.
Mary Lou was a member of Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie.
She enjoyed visiting with people, attending birthday celebrations, and celebrating Christmas; and loved baking and sleepovers with her sisters.
Mary Lou also enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, music, parades, going out to eat, and puzzles. One of her puzzles won a ribbon at the fair.
Mary Lou cherished the time spent with her family and friends.
She is survived by her sisters, Cheryl Martin and her husband, Eugene, of Belle Plaine, and Diane Hoen and her husband, Herbert, of Lester Prairie; and nieces and nephews, Richard Martin and his wife, Jill, and their children, Ellie, Ethan and Emma Martin; Troy Hoen and his special friend, Lindy Myllykangas; Tina Arneson and her husband, Eric, and their children, Stephen and Robert Arneson; Tricia Hoen; Vanessa Betker and her husband, Kris, and their children, Naveah Dolson, Ava and Peyton Betker; Jeffrey Fruetel; and Angela Fruetel and her special friend, Jason, and her daughter, Vera Sahli.
Mary Lou is further survived by her housemates, Chuck, Kevin, and Cindy; workmates, Shelly, Tracy, Lisa, Mary Jane, Trina, Jared, Amanda, Holly and all former caregivers; ATHC present and former staff; one aunt, three uncles, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Elvira Fruetel; brothers, Jerry Fruetel, and Michael Fruetel; grandparents; and many aunts and uncles.