Marie Kaufeld, 90, Kasson
Marie Louise Kaufeld passed away peacefully, in the company of family members, on March 12, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90 years old and a resident of the Rose Court memory care facility of Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson, Minn.
Marie was born to Frank and Mary Chantiny on Sept. 12, 1926 and spent her early years on the family farm near Mayville, Mich. She lived through the Depression era and learned early the virtues of hard work and thriftiness, which she exemplified throughout her life.
She shared in the chores and labor on the farm, and started her first job beyond the farm at the age of 14 in a nearby country store. From there she progressed through several different positions, leading to one at Pontiac Motors, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Dan. They were married October 31, 1952 and she became the mother of two children and a devoted, nurturing homemaker, giving continual love and support to her husband and family.
Marie prided herself on her cooking, always preparing three square meals a day for her family. And beyond – with nine brothers and sisters on her side, her husband Dan’s identical twin Jim and his family, and two sets of grandparents, extended family events were pretty frequent!
She was very creative and enjoyed sewing and other craft work. She was dedicated to this role until the “nest emptied,” when she returned to the work force, doing clerical work for Dr. Charles Patrick in Drayton Plains, Mich.
Marie was strong in her faith and took an active role in her church, serving as deacon for Church of the Atonement Presbyterian and participating in their Mariners social organization. She and Dan were avid bowlers and golfers and enjoyed traveling from their home in Waterford, Mich. to various events and tournaments over the years.
After retirement, they expanded their travels, spending at least a part of the winters in Florida. They enjoyed country music and would plan a stop so they could partake of the “Renfro Valley Gatherin’” in Kentucky on their way down.
They served as volunteers for Red Cross Blood Donor campaigns. They moved to Minnesota in 2002 to be closer to family for help and support as they encountered some health problems. They joined First Presbyterian Church in Kasson and were active members there.
Marie is survived by children, Dan (Gayle) Kaufeld and Janice Swindell; grandchildren, Wendi (Aron) Flynn, Kevin (Kim) Kaufeld, Jessica (Heath) Griesbach, and Danielle (Kyle) Nakatsuji; and great-grandchildren, Colin and Niall Flynn, Alden Kaufeld, and Mya and Brielle Griesbach. She is also survived by brothers Charles (Mary) Chantiny and Edward (Jan) Chantiny and sisters Jennette Robare, Lorraine Cramer, and Florence (Don) Werner, brother-in-law James (Louise) Kaufeld, sister-in-law Pat Chantiny, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dan W. Kaufeld, brothers Francis (Phyllis) Chantiny, Harmon Chantiny, and Oscar Chantiny, sister Angeline (George) Bass, and brother-in-law Rex Cramer.
A memorial service for Marie is being planned for late spring with Pastor Dan Yeazel of the First Presbyterian Church, Kasson, officiating. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Lake Orion, Mich.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Kasson, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.
The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to Seasons Hospice and Prairie Meadows Rose Court for their care of Marie, especially in her final days.
Memorials are preferred to be directed toward Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the Mayo Clinic or to First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave NW, Kasson.