Grace Florence (Tesch) Westlund, age 98, of Mayer, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at Auburn Manor in Waconia.
A memorial service will take place at a later date at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia. There will be a private family burial service at Faith Rutz Lake Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Grace was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the daughter of Carl and Florence (Gongoll) Tesch. She was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church in Mayer.
Grace was a graduate of the Watertown High School.
She was united in marriage with Walter E. Westlund Nov. 30, 1943, at United Methodist Church in Mayer. This union of 68 years was blessed with three children; Sandra, Susan, and Eldon.
After attending a beauty college in Minneapolis, Grace began working as a beautician in Watertown; and after she and Walter moved to the farm in Mayer, Grace opened a beauty shop in her home. Grace named the business “Grace’s Beauty Shop” and cherished the many friendships she made over the years serving the community.
A devoted homemaker and farm wife, Grace enjoyed gardening, canning, and working alongside her husband on the farm. She was proud of the home she made for her family, and her door was always open for a visit. Grace also loved to listen to old tyme music and go polka dancing.
A faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, Grace had joined Faith Lutheran Church when she moved to Waconia. She will be remembered for her loving and caring nature, and that she was always there to lend a hand to others.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Westlund; parents Carl and Florence Tesch; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ansgar and Annie Westlund; son-in-law Richard Trittabaugh; sister Phyllis Bjork-Raether; and brothers Lowell, Lloyd, Gerald and Carl “Fred” Tesch.
She is survived by her loving family: daughters and son-in-law Sandra and Merlin Hilk of Waconia, and Susan Trittabaugh of New Germany; son and daughter-in-law Eldon and Mary Westlund of Mayer; grandchildren David Hilk, Mike Hilk, LeaAnn Hilk, Garlen Gruenhagen, Becky and Dan Carlson, Gregg and Barb Trittabaugh, Doug and Shannon Trittabaugh, Kay and James Dressen, Amy and Brandon Heaser, Matt and Becky Westlund, Kelly Wait, Dennis and Jinnah Westlund; and great-grandchildren Cameron Hoskins, Kennedy and Remi Lou Dressen, Addison and Connor Heaser, Preslie and Quinn Westlund, Austin and Nora Wait, and Shaylee and Owen Westlund.
Grace is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Jane Olson of Spring Lake Park, James Tesch of Howard Lake, Elaine Nelson of Glencoe, Iila Nelson of Atwater, Carol Schuette of Howard Lake, and Robert “Bob” and Myrna Tesch of Loyal, WI; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Shirlee Tesch of Hutchinson, Lillie Tesch of Mayer, and Hjelton Johnson of Robbinsdale; step great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.