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Fern D. Fitzloff, 88

Fern Delores (Tomlinson) Fitzloff, age 88, of Hutchinson, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

Her funeral service will be Friday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.

Private family interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery.

Pastor Gerhard Bode will officiate at the service, and Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon will be the organist.

Soloist Laurie Goodwater will perform “How Great Thou Art,” “Old Rugged Cross,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Casket bearers will be Brian Fitzloff, Scott Fitzloff, Jonathan Harper, Katie Richards, Jason Harper, and Elliott Fitzloff.

Arrangements are with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook are available at www.hantge.com.

Fern was born April 4, 1930, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Arthur and Blanche (Smutka) Tomlinson. She was baptized and confirmed as an adult by Pastor Arthur Koehler at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

Fern grew up on the family farm, and attended country school at Bear Lake from grades one through eight. She then attended the Hutchinson High School, and graduated with the class of 1948.

After graduation, Fern worked as a waitress, bookkeeper, sales clerk at Braun’s, Citizens Bank, and was an assistant city clerk for the City of Hutchinson.

Fern was united in marriage to Earl Fitzloff May 21, 1949, by the Rev. Thomas Harding at First Congregational Church in Hutchinson. Fern and Earl moved to Breckenridge, then moved back to Hutchinson in the early 1950s. They were blessed with six children: Colleen, Gregory, Steven, Sue, Brenda, and Roger.

Fern and Earl also lived on Lake Washington in Darwin for several years. They loved having their grandchildren come out to go fishing and participate in water sports. Earl usually drove the boat while Fern managed the kitchen and had food ready when the kids came in from a wonderful day on the lake.

Fern and Earl shared 68 years of marriage before Earl passed away Dec. 4, 2017.

A wonderful homemaker to her husband and children, Fern was also the co-owner of Gambles/Hardware Hank in Hutchinson for 33 years, where she was a clerk and the bookkeeper.

She was an active lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, where she was a Sunday school teacher, active in Bible study, a volunteer for the Dorcas Club, and volunteered her time singing in the church choir. She was also a leader for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, volunteered at the Hutchinson schools, the Hutchinson Hospital, the Hutchinson Thrift Shop, and Burns Manor in Hutchinson. Fern was chosen as the Hutchinson Volunteer of the Year in 1995.

Her interests included music, sports, and shopping. She also enjoyed gardening, traveling, fishing, cooking, and canning. Fern cherished every moment she spent with her family, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and friends.

She is survived by her children: Colleen Fitzloff of Hutchinson, Gregory Fitzloff and his wife, Faith, of Georgetown, IN, Steven Fitzloff and his wife, Deb, of Mankato, Sue Fitzloff and her husband, Keith Nordeen, of Minneapolis, Brenda Harper of Bloomington, and Roger Fitzloff and his wife, Sheri, of Farmington.

In addition, Fern is survived by six grandchildren: Brian Fitzloff, Scott Fitzloff, Jonathan Harper, Katie Richards, Jason Harper, and Elliott Fitzloff; great-grandchildren Austin Harper, Everett Fitzloff, Owen Fitzloff, Ivy Harper, Flynn Richards, Rylee Harper, and Merrick Richards; brothers, Arthur Tomlinson and his wife, Maggie, of Champlin, and Darrel Tomlinson and his wife, Phoebe, of Detroit Lakes; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives, and friends.

Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Fitzloff, Dec. 4, 2017; parents, Arthur and Blanche Tomlinson; brother Ronald Tomlinson; and sister Opal Tomlinson.

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