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Sharon "Liz" Litzau

Sharon “Liz” Lee Litzau, age 84, of rural Atwater, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, at the family farm in Lake Elizabeth Township.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Sharon Lee Litzau was born on November 5, 1937, in Atwater, Minnesota, the daughter of Grant and Viola (Smoldt) Jackson.  She grew up in the Atwater community, attended country school and graduated from Atwater High School in 1955.  On July 12, 1956, Sharon was united in marriage to Richard Litzau in Colorado.  She was employed as the bookkeeper for their family business, Litzau Farm Drainage and also as a homemaker, taking care of their five children.

She loved her animals, the sheep, cattle, cats (Sparkie) and dogs (Bingo).  She enjoyed caring for her gardens, both flower and vegetable along with feeding and watching the variety of birds that visited the farm.  Sharon made the best cookies and coffee.  She had a beautiful whistle that will be missed.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; five sons, Kevin Litzau, Kim (Debbie) Litzau, Doug Litzau, Dean Litzau and Keith Litzau; twenty six grandchildren, Cory (Megan) Litzau, Justin (Miranda) Litzau, Josh (Courtney) Litzau, Toni (Kyle) Moody, Kurt (Miranda) Litzau, Lucas Litzau, Melissa Litzau (Brandon Kragenbring), Mike (Morgan) Litzau, Jason (Liz) Litzau, Janet (Guy) Hughes, Patty (Michael) Murphy, Dave Litzau, Scott Litzau, Holly Litzau (Dan Nelson), Shannon (Tim) Wynia, Jessica (Travis) Odegard, Douglas (Hannah Nelson) Litzau Jr., Tessa Litzau, Tosha Litzau, Ashley Litzau, Brandon Litzau, Kristopher Litzau, Kyle (Raeann)Litzau, Jennifer Litzau, Joy Litzau (Jesse) and Kristen Litzau; forty one great grandchildren and two brothers, Perry (Jill) Jackson and Daryl (JoAnn) Jackson, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grant and Viola (Schmoldt) Jackson; one grandson, Mark Litzau; and twelve siblings, Kenneth Jackson, Dale Jackson, Shirley Jackson, Barbara Kleinschmidt, Lloyd Jackson, Karen Maeyeart, Dennis Jackson, Wayne Jackson, Danny Jackson, Joyce Bratz, Miles Jackson and Alan Jackson.

We love you and until we meet again!

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Grandma Liz was such a loving and caring soul. I will cherish my memories of tending to the garden with her. Her including us kids by allowing us to dig up potatoes for dinner, or pick fresh sweet corn. The love of birds and nature I've inherited from her make me who I am. Over the last few years we've had so many conversations about being a considerate and caring human, it's easy, yet so many burry their consideration and thoughtfulness. Grandma, you influenced me to care for my environment and be self sustaining and i thank you for that. I hope your next life is experienced as a beautiful bird. Love always,Jennifer

Jennifer Litzau Nov 12 2021 12:00 AM

My heartfelt sympathies to Sharon's family. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Cindy Finberg

Cindy Finberg Nov 11 2021 12:00 AM

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