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Willa Mae Alberts, 89

Willa Mae Patricia (TePoel) Alberts, age 89, of Dassel, died Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Hutchinson Hospital.

Her funeral service will take place Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Laurie O’Shea officiating. Interment will follow at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

There will be a visitation Friday evening, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; continuing Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the arrangements.

Willa Mae was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Ashland, NE, the daughter of William and Lena (Fishler) TePoel. She was baptized at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and attended school in Fremont, NE, graduating in 1944.

Willa Mae continued her education at Midland College, where she earned a degree in bookkeeping.

She married Dennis Friedrich Alberts Aug. 18, 1948, in Fremont, NE. Dennis and Willa Mae moved around the first few years of their marriage, living for a time in Paris, TX, and Sycamore, IL, where their son, Lynn was born.

In 1954, Willa Mae, Dennis, and Lynn moved to Dassel, and this is where the family settled for the next 64 years.

Using her degree in bookkeeping, Willa Mae worked with Dennis at DeKalb Hatchery.

Willa Mae’s faith and her church were very important to her. She was an active member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where she had served on the church board, and often helped out serving at funerals and other functions at church.

Her strong belief in helping people and caring about her community led her to serve as secretary/treasurer of the Dassel Community Chest for 40 years.

Willa Mae’s interests included playing cards with her friends, belonging to a sewing club, where very little sewing occurred, but she loved the fellowship.

Her interest in sports spilled over to watching the Minnesota Timberwolves, and listening to the Minnesota Twins, but her favorite was watching her sons and grandsons play sports.

Holidays and special occasions were always celebrated with Willa Mae cooking her grandsons’ favorites and especially, serving her cookies. She was delighted in the recent addition of her great-grandchildren, who held a special spot in her heart.

Willa Mae was the quiet source of strength through her family’s lifetime. She always knew what to say and how to help. She was the neighbor who welcomed you into the neighborhood and provided you with a treat; and the one who, in time of need, helped in any way she could. Willa Mae will be missed by her family and her many friends.

She is survived by her sons, Lynn (Mary) Alberts of Maple Grove, and Curtis (Riko) Alberts of Rogers; two grandchildren, David (Ann) Alberts of Las Cruces, NM, and Michael (Justine) Alberts; and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Brien Alberts, all of Helena, MT.

Willa Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis; her parents; and three sisters, Mildred, Lucille, and Phyllis.

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