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Gordena "Gordie" Elizabeth DeGreeff
October 20, 1937 ~ June 28, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Gordena Elizabeth DeGreeff
Gordie DeGreeff was born on October 20, 1937, in Slayton, Minnesota to Nicholas and Edna Graf Lentz. She grew up in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School in 1955. Following graduation Gordie worked at the Red Owl Store and Central Telephone Co. On April 25, 1960, she and Peter “Pete” DeGreeff were married at St. Ann’s Church in Slayton. Following their marriage, they made their home in Slayton until 1961 when they moved to the DeGreeff family farm near Chandler, MN and raised their six children. Gordie worked at M & M Distributing for a short time. In 1995 they retired and moved to Slayton. Gordie was an accomplished seamstress working on both big and small jobs for many area brides, prom goers, community members and farmers. Pete passed away on August 28, 2018. Gordie passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at her home in Slayton at the age of 85. She was a member of St. Mary ‘s Church in Lake Wilson, MN where she was active in the CCW and taught CCD. Gordie enjoyed dancing, baking, sewing, needlework, quilting, yardwork, and her flower gardens. Gordie loved being a grandma and great-grandma and always had cookies and ice cream for the kids. Gordie adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, she always said her family was her everything.
Survivors include her five children and their spouses, Paul and Lisa DeGreeff of Detroit Lakes, MN, Julie and Ken Steenstra of Hadley, MN, Dean and Deb DeGreeff of Chandler, MN, LuAnn and Kevin Wolfe of Sioux Falls, SD, and Troy and Kim DeGreeff of Slayton, MN, one daughter-in-law, Julie DeGreeff of Pembroke Pines, Fl, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one sister, Arlys Edmundson and her husband, Dale of Hadley, MN, and one sister-in-law, Carol Lentz of Slayton, MN. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Pete, son, Todd DeGreeff, two brothers, Virgil and Albertus “Duke” Lentz and one sister, Arlene Edmundson and her husband Herman.
St. Ann’s Church in Slayton, MN on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Peter Schuster officiating. The organist is Kathy Mitchell. The song leader is Sheila Crowley. The pallbearers are Cole DeGreeff, Taylor Steenstra, Ryan DeGreeff, Adam Barry, Chris Peterson, Aaron Peterson, and Connor DeGreeff. The honorary pallbearers are Ashton Wynia, Alaric Wynia, and Breck Barry. Interment is at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Slayton, MN.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements. To view online obituary and send condolences visit totzkefuneralhome.com