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Services Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault
  Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church

Marie (Mrs. Charles) Purfeerst, age 96, of Faribault, died on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Dr. Armand J. Boehme officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the church for two hours prior to the service on Saturday.

Elda Marie, the daughter of George and Laura (Deike) Schwartz, was born May 13, 1916 in Faribault. She graduated from Faribault High School in 1935. Marie married Charles H. Purfeerst on September 15, 1937 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault and he preceded her in death on July 24, 1995. She was previously employed as a cook at Trinity Lutheran School and a clerk at Beltz Office Supply, both of Faribault. Marie became known as "the lady at the front door" at St. Lucas Care Center.

She is survived by three children, Charles (and Barbara) Purfeerst of Trego, WI, Cheryl Hill of Broken Arrow, OK and Shawn (and Brian) Paulson of Northfield; nine grandchildren, Todd Purfeerst, Teresa Dotterer, Paul Purfeerst, Cindy Nawrocki, Amy Jo Massey, Jimmy Baker, Jody Jones, Matthew and Michael Paulson; 22 great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; three sons, Walter, Richard and Marvin Purfeerst; one great great grandchild; one sister, Ellen Prieve; and two brothers, Arnold and Walter Schwartz.

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Name: linda kaderlik (sears)
Email: jlkaderlik@charter.net
Date: Saturday February 02, 2013


to the family. my bother inlaw in up there she always open the door for use. she was a great lady we will miss her very much.

Name: Sandy Ballenthin Van Erp
Date: Saturday February 02, 2013


Dear Purfeerst family - Dick Purfeerst was in my 1957 Trinity confirmation class, Marie was in the kitchen for our school lunch program for many, many years - a bright light even then. I saw her briefly at St. Lucas when my cousin Harland Kelm was there this year, I saw her bright light continued to shine. May the comfort of knowing she is surely home with the Lord get you through this difficult time.

Name: Sara Heyer
Email: saraheyer@charter.net
Date: Friday February 01, 2013


I have very fond memories of Marie from my days when I worked in the activities department at St. Lucas. I was only there a short time, but Marie always made my days brighter. When I changed jobs, Marie was the one that had a surprise going-away pizza party for me. She was a very caring individual who always made everyone around her smile. She will be missed; my thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Name: Kim Storch Bishop
Email: kim_bishop@comcast.net
Date: Friday February 01, 2013


I have fond memories of Marie as I was a small child, Marie babysat me and later as an adult visiting her when I would stop in to visit my Grandfather, Bill Storch. I will always remember her smiling face. She will be deeply missed.

Name: Renee Brownlee
Email: prpl_grl_18@yahoo.com
Date: Friday February 01, 2013


Shawn, I wish I could be there to show my support. I am thinking about you and sending you vibes of strength to make it through this time. Renee

Name: Chris
Email: ctwoiwor@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday January 31, 2013


I'm so glad that I stopped in to see Marie (and her great smile) a few times this past week. I will miss her opening the front door for me! God bless you Marie! Chris (R&S)

Name: Lynn
Email: Lynn2marie@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday January 30, 2013


Cheryl, Shawn and family, I am so sorry for your loss.. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.