Marie K. Flotterud

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Marie K. Flotterud, 90, of Zumbrota, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park Skilled Nursing Facility in Red Wing.

Marie was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Zumbrota Township, Goodhue County, to John and Anna (nee Bremer) Ahrens. The Ahrens family owned a farm in White Willow where Marie, her older sister, Martha, and younger brother, Robert "Bob", grew up and attended country school. Marie graduated from Zumbrota High School and went to work as a clerk at Steege and Banitt's grocery store in Zumbrota. She was hired to replace a young man who had left to join the army during World War II. His name was Clifton Flotterud. At her new boss's suggestion, Marie wrote a letter to Clif. He replied, and they began dating when he returned after the war. They were married on Oct. 13, 1946. The following year, Clif and Marie built a home on West Avenue in Zumbrota where they raised their three children, Eva, Neal and Lori. It remained the family home after their children grew up and were married. Grandchildren Robyn, Jeremiah and Brian eventually took their turns going to school and returning to grandma's house while their parents were at work.

Marie was a self-trained professional photographer. She loved flowers and raised prize-winning African violets. She was active in her church, Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with the Ladies' Aid and choir. Marie loved to travel and enjoyed learning new skills throughout her life. Her greatest joy was her family.

Marie is survived by her children, Eva (Russ) Sciandra, of Indianola, Wash., Neal (Carrie) Flotterud, of Zumbrota, and Lori (Don) Terhark, of Finlayson; grandchildren, Robyn (Brett) Hallonquist, of Seattle, Wash., Jeremiah (Jessica) Flotterud, of Wanamingo, and Brian (Jessica) Flotterud, of Woodbury; great-grandchildren, Jack and Kate Hallonquist, Lydia and Brennan Flotterud and Emma Flotterud; sister, Martha (Harley) Boettcher, of Stewartville; and brother, Robert (JoAnn) Ahrens, of Fond du Lac, Wis.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Flotterud; and parents, John and Anna Ahrens.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with Pastor Wayne Schoch officiating. Burial will be in the Zumbrota Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mahn Family Funeral Home- Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and for one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Christ Lutheran Church.

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Mahn Family Funeral Homes Inc/Larson Chapel
1475 Jefferson Dr
Zumbrota, MN 55992
(507) 732-5444
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Mar. 4, 2014
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