Bernell E. Poetz, 76

Bernell E. “Nellie” Ittel Lachermeier Poetz, age 76, of Winsted, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at The Gardens of Winsted.

She was born March 16, 1944, in Waconia, the daughter of Melvin and Esther (Engelen) Ittel.

Nellie attended school at The Little Hollywood Schoolhouse. She grew up at the Hollywood Store, now known as The Hollywood Sports Complex.

Nellie graduated from Watertown High School in 1961.

Nellie was joined in holy marriage to Gary Lachermeier June 5, 1962. God blessed their marriage with four children. Gary preceded his wife in death, Jan. 25, 1983.

Nellie Lachermeier and Peter Poetz were joined in marriage May 21, 1990. Pete preceded his wife in death, Oct. 28, 2018.

Nellie loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed shopping and garage sales. Nellie was a wonderful cook and took great pride in her home.

Nellie is survived by her loving children: Lisa Hagen, and Lonnie Lachermeier, both of Winsted, Angela Lachermeier (Ken Kutz) of Waverly, and Lanny Lachermeier of Howard Lake; six grandchildren: Sharaya Hagen and fiancé, Josh Howard, Kaisha Hagen, Mitchell (Jessica) Lachermeier, Karson, Keith, and Klein Lachermeier; two great-grandchildren: Kayson and Dominic Guerra; brothers and sister: Sheldon (Shirley) Ittel, Doug (Diane) Ittel, Colleen Ittel and special friend, Kevin Tracy; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In addition to her husbands, Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alois and Florentine Lachermeier.

A time of gathering took place Thursday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. until noon at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

Inurnment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted. Father Matthew Wiering officiated.

The urn bearers were Nellie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life for Nellie took place following the inurnment at Lanny’s Home, at 8065 County Road 5 SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349. Food and beverages were provided.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

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