Antoinette "Toni" Clara Strecker, 68, of Wahkon, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 7, 1953 in Olivia, MN to Clarence and Monica (Lafontaine) Schwer. Toni grew up in Bird Island and graduated from Bird Island Lake Lillian Highschool in 1971. On July 3,1971 Toni married Dan Strecker at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island. The couple raised their two children in Bird Island until moving to Farmington in 1985. While living in Farmington she provided daycare for the neighborhood kids and also enjoyed working as a bartender. In 1994 they purchased their home in Wahkon, MN. In 2001 Toni and Dan purchased Wayne's Sanitation. Toni worked as a bookkeeper for the business until their son took over in January of 2017. In Toni's free time she worked at Little Sprout Greenhouse, volunteered at One More Time, and was very active in the AA community for the past 11 years. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Toni will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Toni is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Monica Schwer, and her brother, Peter.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, Dan Strecker; daughter Laramie (Mark) Matthies, son Jake (Amanda) Strecker; siblings Sharon (Don) Nelson, Peggy (Randy) Gilberts, Kevin (Tammy) Schwer, Keith (Betsy) Schwer, Kenny (Robin) Schwer; grandchildren Amber (Brent) Johnson, Lauren (Matt) Matthies, Tucker and Paige Strecker; great-grandchildren Haleigh, Graham, Kylie, Nevaeh, Kaelyn, Max. Many nieces, nephews and other beloved family members.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wahkon Inn Saturday, November 20, 2021 with Luncheon beginning at Noon.
Published by Mille Lacs Messenger from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26, 2021.