Marie Pelton

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Our blessed Lord and Savior called Marie Pelton home Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Marie passed away at the Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home, where she had lived since August 2006, at the age of 95, while being attended by her family.

Marie Quenomoen was born April 14, 1919, in Madison, Minn., to Jul and Clara (Kesting) Quenomoen. She graduated from the Lac Qui Parle County School in Madison. Marie was a sales person in Montevideo and a nanny prior to her marriage. She was united in marriage to Clifton Gerold Pelton on Feb. 21, 1943, in Montevideo. Marie and her husband farmed for a number of years in Lac Qui Parle County and also in South Dakota near Revillo. In 1965, the family moved to Waseca. She also was involved in outdoor sales and was a cook at a local cafe in Waseca.

She was an avid craftswoman, artist, gardener, poet and seamstress. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and received numerous ribbons for her county fair exhibits. She also had large flower and vegetable gardens, utilizing the fruits of the land for her family and friends. She loved the outdoors, bird watching, feeding wild life and raised chickens for eggs. Marie attended Augusta Lutheran Church in Marietta and the Wesleyan Church in Waseca. She was a Sunday school teacher and Bible school teacher, was involved in Ladies Aide and with missionary projects.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Graumann-Matz (James Matz); three granddaughters, Christine Garner (Jeffrey Brown), Patricia Graumann (Chris Bailey) and Tina (Marshall) Kruse; eight great-grandchildren, Trey, Alicia, Storm, Skyler, Donte, Anna, Ty and Leia; two brothers, Alvin and Edmond Quenomoen; brother-in-law, Cecil Pelton; and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifton; son, Roger; sisters, Dorothy Kittleson and Ester Sjolie; and brothers, Julius, Carl and Wally Quenomoen. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Marie's final resting place will be at the Augusta Cemetery in Marietta at a later date. 

The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff at Samaritan Bethany Nursing Homes, Dr. Tangalos and to Season's Hospice staff for their loving care that was given to Marie. 

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN, 55901, 507-289-3600,

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Published in The Post-Bulletin on July 12, 2014
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