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Cyrilla Effertz

Cyrilla "Cy" Effertz, age 93, of Willmar, died Thursday, January 28, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a Daughters of Isabella Rosary service at 5 p.m. on Monday, February 1 at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service. www.petersonbrothers.com

Cyrilla "Cy" Cecilia Effertz was born July 15, 1922, in Avon, Minnesota, the daughter of Laurence and Loretta (Keppers) Thielman. She grew up in Cold Spring and attended St. Boniface Catholic School, graduating in 1940. On July 26, 1945, Cy was united in marriage to Raphael "Ray" Effertz and they resided in Minneapolis before moving to Willmar in 1954. She was a homemaker and head cook in the Willmar Public Schools for 21 years, retiring in 1986. She was an active member of the Church of St. Mary, was active with the Daughters of Isabella, and received the Bishop's Medal of Service in 2003. Cy and Ray were also avid square dancers and were members of The Knuckleheads. Cy also enjoyed cooking, sewing, embroidery, planting flowers and jig-saw puzzles.

Cy is survived by her daughter, Laurie (and Orin) Torkelson of Atwater; four grandchildren, Adam (and Sabrina) Lere of Spicer, Charlene Gronseth (and special friend, Don Vick) of Alexandria, Katie (and Tyler) Smith of Willmar and Shelby Clark of Albany; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Wallace (and Louise) Thielman of Alexandria; five sisters, Valerie "Vaya" (and Vince) Sturm of St. Cloud, Leonella "Noney" Plantenberg of Eden Valley, Marlene Plantenberg of Richmond, Carol (and Harold "Archie") Theisen of Monticello and Mary (and Lee) Schommer of Richmond; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray in 2003; her son, Russell Effertz in 2014; two sisters, Georgina Eichers and Alma Grams; three brothers, Clarence Thielman; and two in infancy and two brothers-in-law. Mike and Ben Plantenberg.

Cemetery Details

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
1459 15th St. SW
Willmar, MN,

Daughters of Isabella Rosary

FEB 1. 05:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


FEB 1. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


FEB 2. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Mass of Christian Burial

FEB 2. 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Peterson Brothers Funeral Home - January 29, 2016 at 02:03 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Auntie Cy was such a smiley, friendly lady. I always enjoyed visiting her and Ray when I was a little girl. She was an excellent host and i especially liked playing with Rusty and Laurie. My sympathy to you Laurie and family. Its always hard to lose a parent. Colleen Plantenberg Weiss

Colleen Weiss - January 29, 2016 at 07:27 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Cy was such a wonderful godmother. She never forgot my birthday. Even in recent years we always exchanged birthday and Christmas cards. She would always write a note and it was so wonderful to get those notes from her. I have kept them and treasure them. I remember babysitting for Cy and Ray when they would go to their square dancing events. I will miss her. My sympathy to you and your family Laurie.

Marion Mumm - January 29, 2016 at 08:04 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Christine Smith lit a candle in memory of Cyrilla "Cy" Effertz

Christine Smith - January 30, 2016 at 04:10 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all and remembering the best friendship our mother and Cy shared all those years on 11th Street and St. Mary's church community! Also the MANY years with square dancing with Ray and Cy and Dad and mom! Also including when all the kids came on summer vacations!! All will be remembered!! Mostly Cy's help when we had to move our mother, Cec, from her home to Mankato and just being there for talking and support! Thank you for sharing your mother! Our prayers are with you. Mary, Ann, James & Dick Otte and our families

Mary Olson - January 30, 2016 at 12:38 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our Sympathy to you, Laurie and family. Cy was a wonderful aunt. She always had a smile on her face. She will be welcomed into heaven by Russ and Ray and all the family members that are there waiting for her. What a great time they will all have. Sorry we can't make it to the funeral, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Sharon and Mike Teicher

Sharon Teicher - January 31, 2016 at 01:54 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Prayers to Cy's family and friends. I have fond memories of her when she lived next door to us on 11th St. in Willmar. She helped me learn the difference between the weeds and the flowers ;) and was always so kind and thoughtful to us and my son Abbott. Keeping you all in my thoughts. Heidi Hanson

Heidi Hanson - January 31, 2016 at 08:37 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sanford Morris Dialysis Staff and Clients purchased the Classic Sympathy Dish Garden for the family of Cyrilla "Cy" Effertz.

Sanford Morris Dialysis Staff and Clients - February 01, 2016 at 08:57 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Bountiful European Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Cyrilla "Cy" Effertz.

February 01, 2016 at 11:18 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Mrs. Effertz had the best scarf collection. All perfectly ironed. My condolences Laurie, its been many years since the time I slept over at your house.Pam Lehn

pam lehn - February 02, 2016 at 07:26 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM