Annie J. Zupfer, age 86, of Hector, Minnesota, passed away Friday, November 4, 2022, at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center in Buffalo Lake.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at United Methodist Church in Hector, Minnesota.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Annie Jeanette Zupfer was born in Cloverdale, VA on August 12th, 1936. She was one of ten children born to Howard Ausby and Irene Minnie (Mullins) Weddle. She was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in her faith at the Methodist Church in Cloverdale, VA on March 13, 1949. She attended school in Troutville, VA and graduated from Troutville High School, class of 1955.
Annie was married to James Lanie in 1956. They were blessed with three children, Louis, Karen, and Ginger. They moved to Browns Valley, MN in 1958. In 1964 they moved to the farm. Annie worked very hard on the farm and caring for their children.
Annie was a fantastic cook and baker. She also loved to craft. Her most “famous” crafts had to be her sock monkeys and blue jean bags. She loved animals and nature and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved spending time with family and friends. Later in life, she became a nursing assistant. She was caring and gentle and a favorite of many of the residents, winning the award for nursing assistant of the year at Pipestone County Medical Center. Annie also volunteered at the Methodist Church all of her years, helping with everything she could. She served on the women’s group and also participated in several mission trips. One was in Minot, ND after severe flooding. It was a difficult trip in spring snow and rough weather. She also traveled to New Orleans twice on mission trips. She helped in the kitchen and would lend a hand wherever she could. She did so with a smile and positive attitude.
Annie was married to Leon Zupfer in 1978. They then moved to Mobridge, SD. Annie was a member of the United Congregational Church and volunteered regularly. After Leon’s passing in 1985, Annie moved back to Pipestone, MN. In her later years, she made Hector, MN her home. She loved her church family and friends and volunteered whenever she could. She made many sets of hand embroidered dish towels for the church bazaar.
Annie moved to Buffalo Lake Assisted Living in December of 2021 after a decline in health. She passed away on November 4, 2022 at the age of 86.
Blessed be her memory.
Annie is survived by:
Children – Louis Lanie and special friend Kim of Ihlen, MN
Karen Wenz and her husband Bruce of Hector, MN
Ginger Thompson and her husband Mark of Monticello, MN;
Grandchildren – Jesse Lanie, Erin Lanie, Cassie Lanie, Zack (Trisha) Wenz, Jacob (Rachel) Wenz, Maya
Barnes, and Ella Thompson;
Great-grandchildren – Hadley Lanie, Harper Wenz, Adrian Kaczmarek, John Dee Yowell IV;
Siblings – Lloyd Weddle of Roanoke, VA, Ralph Weddle (Eva) of Roanoke, VA, Linda (Elmer) Clemons of VA;
Sisters in law – Kathryn Weddle, Carolyn Weddle, Judy Weddle;
Many other family and friends.
Annie is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Irene Weddle, Husband, Leon; Siblings, Larry Weddle, Samuel Weddle, Dewie Weddle, Johnny (Juanita) Weddle, Alice (Howard) St. Clair, Jimmy Weddle.
Such a sweet, beautiful lady. We were so blessed to have her in our lives. Our mission trip together to New Orleans area was so wonderful! I am thankful to have two of her sock monkeys greeting me every day ? ?
Jo Reck says
Dear Karen, I’m so sad to read of the passing of your kind and caring Mother, and my dear, sweet, friend, Annie. It’s been several years now since I moved away from Buffalo Lake and no longer attend Hector United Methodist Church, so I was not aware her health was declining. I will especially treasure the adorable Christmas ornaments she made for me, and fondly think of her each year as I hang them on my Christmas tree. She was a very special lady, and there is absolutely no doubt that she is looking down on us now from her place in heaven. May God bless you with so many wonderful memories, that she will be alive in your hearts forever~ Love Jo
Polly & Teri says
We will miss our dear Annie, the monkey lady, as we called her. We have several of her sock monkeys around the house. We enjoyed our visits with her at BLHCC. R.I.P. Dear Annie. Polly & Teri
Ralph weddle says
I will MISS MY SISTER DEARLY, A ROOM WOULD ALWAYS LITE UP WHEN ANNIE WAS IN IT. ANNIE IS NOW WITH HER BROTHERS JOHNNY, DEWIE ,JIMMY,LARRY,SAM,AND SISTER ALICE. AND OF COURSE OUR MOM AND DAD . HOWARD AND IRENE. ANNIE I KNOW THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER IN PAIN AND YOU ARE FOREVER IN MY HEART ,YOUR LOVING BROTHER RALPH???
Shirley Smith says
I worked with Ann in New Orleans on a mission trip. A dedicated woman to serving the Lord and the less fortunate. Praying for the family in this time of sorrow?.Shirley Smith
Cindy K. says
I am so sorry to hear of Annie’s passing. She was a good, kind neighbor and friend to my Mom. I have a few hanging towels in my kitchen that she made. I think of her everytime I hang them. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dave Brateng says
Karen and Family! RIP Annie! God’s Blessings! Such a loving, kind, and peaceful Lady!
I’ll treasure my talks and time with Annie! With Love
Susan Ward says
Annie was one of the nicest people in my life & my favorite aunt. Rest in peace, Annie.
David Byrd Roanoke Va. says
I knew Annie since I was a youngster and sort of grew up with the Weddle family she was 10 years older than me we shared the same birthday she got married and moved away early in my early years but I was able to see when she would come home to visit the family she was a wonderful sweet person and always smiling and happy I was able to spend some time with her and Alice in later years when she came home to visit and stayed with her sister Alice she will be missed by all that knew her a wonderful sweet lady