Ethel Dezell

Ethel Marie Dezell, 88, of Staples died May 12, 2019, at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples.

Funeral services were held May 17, at the Staples United Methodist Church  with Rev. Greg Leslie officiating. 

Burial was at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. 

Ethel was born November 26, 1930, to Daniel and Ruth (Grauman) Reineke in Clarissa. She married Gerald Benjamin Dezell on March 10, 1950. The couple was blessed with four sons; and Ethel loved sitting back and listening to her boys reminisce and talk about life events.   She taught them, when things get tough you grit your teeth and struggle through it.  Ethel was employed by various businesses in Staples including: Coast to Coast, City Hall, Carter Ringer, over 20 years at Batcher’s Dept Store, until she retired from Erinie’s Grocery Store. Ethel and Gerald also owned and operated HiWay Lanes Bowling Alley, in Staples where she bowled her perfect 300 game.

Ethel was a member of Staples United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. Over the years she enjoyed playing softball, square dancing, traveling with bus tours to the casino, putting together puzzles, playing cards and actively supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren in their various activities. Ethel was caring, loving, regal, tough and loved her entire family beyond words.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Ethel is survived by four sons, Gary (Florance) of Casa Grande, AZ, Craig (Janell) of Annandale, Kevin (Jeannie) of Staples, Michael (Gina) of Sartell; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marge Pinewski of Anoka and Alice (Lee) Grams of Lowell, AR; one brother, Duane (Winn) Reinke of Northridge, CA; two sisters-in-law, Priscilla Reineke of Alexandria, LuJean (Mark) Ruel of Osseo; one brother-in-law, Fred Huebner of Staples.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Tom Reineke; two sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Anderson and Karen Huebner; three brothers-in-law, Phil Pinewski, Gordon Anderson and Gordon Dezell.

Arrangements were by Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.

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