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Mardette Kinzler

Mardette "Marde" Kinzler, age 97, of Willmar, passed away, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22, at her residence in Willmar.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Willmar Assembly of God Church.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 12 noon until the time of service at the church.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Mardette “Marde” Kinzler was born on July 9, 1923 in Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of Martin and Tillie (Johnson) Egge. The family settled on a farm near Lake Lillian, Minnesota in 1932. She graduated from Atwater High School in 1942. In 1948, she married and moved to rural Litchfield where she raised thousands of turkeys and four beautiful children. In 1965, she and her four children moved to Litchfield, where she worked at the Sward-Kemp Drug Store. In 1970, she moved to Minneapolis working for the Pillsbury Club as a housemother to a girls’ finishing school. In 1975, she married and moved to Florida working as an elementary school crossing guard and the plant caretaker at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. These were jobs that she dearly loved. After thirty years, Marde moved to Willmar and worked at the downtown greeting card shop for four years. On July 6, 2014, she married Marvin Kinzler, the love of her life. They made their home in Willmar and were members of the Assembly of God Church and the Senior Citizens Club. They also enjoyed playing golf, dancing, attending yard sales, antiquing, and traveling. Marde visited every state but Hawaii and Alaska. She started every morning with a cup of coffee and spending time with Jesus.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Kinzler of Willmar; three children, Nancy Anderberg of Mounds View, Minnesota; Greg (Cathy) Dale of Granger, Indiana; and Elaine (John) Skibicki of Kingston, New York; six grandchildren, Jason and Chrissy Dale, David and Josh Anderberg, Aaron Throne and Nisha Valle, and eleven great grandchildren. She was also blessed with nine Kinzler step children, Sheryl, Stuart, Jeffery, Penny, Michael, Timothy, Kimberly, Melanie, and Tamara; twenty eight grand, and sixteen great grand step children. Along with many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Woodrow, Marcellus and Vinton, one sister, Viona; and son Bruce Dale, who died in 2018.

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I became acquainted with Marge when she worked at the greeting card store in downtown Willmar. I appreciated her warm greeting, her friendliness, and positive attitude. Marde will be missed by many, but especially Marv. God bless you, Marv.

Linda Hanson Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

I have an unusual memory. When I was born my parents named me Mardette. They told me they knew someone in the area and liked the name. Thus I became Mardette Johnson from Cosmos. I knew when I saw this obituary that this is where my name came from. I wish I could have met her. My married name is Mardette and my husband Jim and I live in Hutchinson MN. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to your family

Mardette Trettin Sep 6 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Nancy, Greg and Elaine,While I now live in Michigan, I often check West Central Minnesota obituary notices to see whom I knew from my years in Litchfield who has recently died. I was reading some yesterday and discovered that your dear, lovely, believing mom had just recently passed away. I saw the list of survivors and recognized your first names ... which brings us back about 5 decades to when we were nextdoor neighbors on South Sibley in Litchfield. My dad was Enoch Peterson and he had the real estate/insurance business. Our house number was 226 so yours probably was 222 or 220.i was richly blessed to have parents who believed the Bible and loved the Lord, and I remember how my dad spoke kindly and appreciatively of our very nice nextdoor neighbors ... you guys!! I was a little older than you, graduating in 1964, so it happened that I never came to know any of you real well ... Nancy, probably you the best. But I also remember my dad talking about inviting your family to come to Sunday worship at our church so perhaps that actually happened on a few occasions.In any case, you have written a beautiful obituary that draws a sweet portrait of your mom and her great love for her children, with that fun tidbit about all those turkeys, too. I am fully confident that your comfort in your loss is established and made robust by the wonderful teaching of Holy Scripture ... and that you also look eagerly for "the great day of the Lord."My sincere condolences to each of you in the loss of your cherished mom ... who in her spirit now enjoys the very presence of God. So ... sharing my heart with you ... both in weeping and rejoicing.Your long ago Litchfield neighbor and common believer in our Savior and Lord,Gordy Peterson

Gordy Peterson Sep 3 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Nancy, Greg and Elaine,I was reading recent West Central Minnesota obituaries and recognized your names in the list of those surviving your mother. Sincere condolences to you all, which I am confident you are familiar with from Holy Scripture. It has been at least 5 decades since we were nextdoor neighbors on South Sibley in Litchfield. My dad was Enoch Peterson and he had the insurance and real estate business.I also remember your mom's somewhat rare name from when my dad and mom mentioned your family name. I have a vague sense that we invited your family to come to Sunday worship with ours, at least on a few occasions. Your mom's obituary is so well written and it sounds like her life was rich and full. I always sensed that she poured oodles of love into the lives of her children, concerned that each of you believe upon Christ the Lord and live for God's glory.Looking forward to that great day ... as I pray each of you are ... of the Lord.Your long ago Litchfield neighbor and friend in the faith of Christ,Gordy Peterson

Gordy Peterson Sep 2 2020 12:00 AM

Elaine and Family,Praying for you during this time. May the God of all comfort give you peace and surround you with His love.Your family in Christ,CrossRoads Christian Church

CrossRoads Christian Church Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

In loving memory of Mardette, a beautiful, vibrant woman of God. May God bless you, keep you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face to you and give you peace.The Staff, Board Members and Volunteers of the Pregnancy Support Center of Ulster County.

The Staff, Board Members and Volunteers of the Pregnancy Support Center of Ulster County. Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To celebrate Mardette The Enger girls, Denise, Jackie and Carolyn

The Enger girls, Denise, Jackie and Carolyn Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM