Luella Draeger age 83, of Winthrop, passed away Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at the Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center in Arlington.
Funeral Service will be Monday, February 8th, 11:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop with interment in the St. Matthew's Lutheran Cemetery, Penn Township, McLeod County.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 7th, from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Luella Esther (Podratz) Draeger was born on December 3, 1932, in Glencoe, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Henry and Edna (Niebuhr) Podratz. Luella was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon. She received her education in Gibbon.
On November 16, 1950, Luella was united in marriage to Lester Draeger at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon. After their marriage, the couple lived in Transit Township and in 1958 moved to a farm in Bismarck Township. In 1966 they purchased and moved to their farm in Transit Township. In 1995, she started working at Hands, Inc. in Winthrop, retiring in 2010. Luella was a loving mother and homemaker. Luella and Lester were blessed with five children and they shared 65 years of marriage.
Luella was a former member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township, McLeod County.
Luella enjoyed baking, cooking, decorate her home, dancing, tending animals and helping Lester on the farm. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. Luella loved spending time with her family especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Luella passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center in Arlington at the age of 83 years. Blessed be her memory.
Luella is survived by her:
Husband, Lester Draeger of Winthrop, MN;
Children, Lester Draeger Jr. and his wife, Teri of Minong, WI,
LeRoy Draeger and his wife, Jeanine of Maple Lake, MN,
Mary Draeger of Hutchinson, MN, and
Paula Kruse and her husband, Brian of Overland Park, KS;
Grandchildren, SFC Ret. Joseph Shaw and his wife, Tammy; Matt Draeger, LSC Tom Draeger and his wife, Erin, LeRoy Steve Draeger and his wife, Kristin, Tony Draeger and his wife Sandy, and Michael Kuehn, Caroline Draeger, Lynn Jerman and her husband, Don, Tonya Hewitt, Susan Draeger, Landen Kruse and Ethan Kruse;
Great-Grandchildren, Cheyenne Shaw, Michael Kuehn, Jr., Skyler Kask, Alex Draeger, Jordan Breyer, Colten Draeger, Dallin Jerman, Emmett Draeger, Carter Draeger, Peytyn Draeger, Kayla Johnson, MacKenzie Breyer, Bella Draeger, Taylor Draeger;
Sister, Renee Schmit of New Ulm, MN;
Brother, William Podratz of Albert Lea, MN;
Godchildren, Becky Beohlke, Terry Young and Chad Podratz;
Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.
Luella was preceded in death by her Parents, Henry and Edna Podratz; Daughter, Betty and husband, Fred Pitzner; Sisters, Delores Lund and Burnell Gorr; Great-Granddaughter, Adalyn Draeger.