Luverne Blackketter, 86

Luverne Susan Blackketter (Swartzer), age 86, of Delano, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at the Gardens of Winsted.

She was born May 4, 1934, in Woodland Township, Wright County, MN to George and Susan (Gallus) Swartzer.

Luverne graduated from Delano High School in 1952. She married Leo Blackketter June 25, 1955. They raised eight children.

Luverne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, MN. She was also a member of the Watertown American Legion.

Luverne enjoyed embroidery, sewing, baking, canning, playing cards, and bingo, and spending time with her family.

Luverne was preceded in death by husband of 51 years, Leo; son-in-law, Mike Harding; parents; siblings, Gladys, Donald, George Jr., Jack (Marguerite), Marvin (Laurie), Walt, and Joe Sr. Swartzer and Lorraine (Emmett) Lynch; brothers-in-law, Tom Kuka, Louie Bury, Ed Blackketter, Donald (Georgia and Lonnie) Blackketter, and John Cebulla; sisters-in-law, Sandy Swartzer and Mary Helen Swartzer.

She is survived by sons, Al (Pam) Blackketter, Tony (Pam Johnson) Blackketter, and Jim Blackketter; daughters, Kathy (Butch) Darsow, Giny (Mark) Karels, Nancy Harding, Donna (Kenny) Pearson, and Chris (Kevin) Pearson; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Bury, Marion Kuka, and Susan (Ed) Windsperger; brothers, Bob (Mary Lynn), Ervin (Renee), Gene, Tony, and Peter (Alice) Swartzer; sisters-in-law, Irene, Rosemary, Dorothy, and Cathy Swartzer, and Joanne Cebulla; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass at the church. A Rosary service took place at 9:30 a.m., interment was in the church cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements were by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Special thanks from the family to the nurses and caregivers at The Gardens at Winsted and Moments Hospice.

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