Marcelline M. (Marcie) Luhrs, of Cottage Grove, died on Thursday morning, July 4, 2019 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 90 years old.
She was born on May 26, 1929 in North Branch, the daughter of Walfred and Myrtle (Dahl) Swenson. She talked many times about being born at her grandparent’s farm and being placed in a shoebox on the warming shelf of the cook stove. She was confirmed in the Swedish Lutheran faith in South Saint Paul in 1943. She was proud of her Swedish heritage being a second generation Swedish-American. She graduated from South Saint Paul High School in 1947. After high school she worked as a clerk at the Exchange Building in South Saint Paul.
She was united in marriage to Richard (Big Rich)F. Luhrs, Sr. on Sept. 22, 1950 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in South Saint Paul. He passed away on July 22, 2000. One of her greatest accomplishments as a wife and mother was packing up and moving her family many times while supporting her husband’s career in the printing industry. After moving back to Cottage Grove in 1976, the couple took many vacations to Las Vegas. Over the years, she was always a gracious host to her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. She was an avid card game player including Contract Bridge. Later in life she traveled with family members and took her entire family on a Caribbean cruise in 2006. She was quite the shopper and in recent years visited Goodwill everyday.
She will be eternally grateful for her extended quality of life to her children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, in-home-care friends in Cottage Grove, Eastwood Senior Living, St. Clare Living Community, FirstLight Health Care in Mora and St. Croix Hospice.
She was preceded in death by husband, Rich; parents; step-mother, Edith (Peterson) Swenson; in-laws, Frank and Donna Luhrs; brother, Jerry Swenson; special friend, Dee Dee Johnson; brothers-in-law, Frank and Donald Luhrs; sisters-in-law, June Bergstrom and Donna Holmberg.
She is survived by children, Kerry (Carl) Long of Ogilvie, Richard Jr. (Jeanne) of Woodbury and Billy of Cottage Grove; grandchildren, Shannon, Jocelyn, Adam (Janelle) Long, Justin (Sara), Kyle, Austin (Jolie Nelson) Luhrs; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Sawyer and Elle Long; sister-in-law, Gloria Swenson of Cottage Grove; brother-in-law, David Luhrs of South Saint Paul; special cousin, Gay Lee Luhrs Allen of Chicago, Illinois; her companion, Dexter; many nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80 St S. Cottage Grove, 55016 with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Dementia Friends USA, www.dementiafriendsusa.org/