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Date: Friday, June 23, 2017

Time: 9:00 to 11:00 A.M.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Austin, Minnesota


Date: Friday, June 23, 2017

Time: 11:00 A.M.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Austin, Minnesota

BURIAL: At A Later Date



Marianne Lees, age 81 of Austin, MN passed away in her sleep early Monday morning, June 19, 2017 at her home. Marianne was born in Hartland, MN on February 1, 1936 to Carl and Olive Swanson. Following graduation from New Richland High School, she received her degree in elementary education at Mankato State University. While attending Mankato State, she met and married the love of her life, Richard Lees of Austin, MN. She taught Kindergarten briefly before starting a family. Later in life she also worked as a para professional for the Congregational Preschool in Austin. Marianne was a gentle soul that loved children and animals. Her priority was always her family and she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her flowers, her dogs, doll collecting, going to estate sales with her twin sister Marilyn, her dance and home improvement shows, and listening to her favorite music. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her husband Richard Lees of Austin, MN; 3 daughters Pam (Brian) Koser of Austin, MN, Patty (Doug) Kraushaar of Prior Lake, MN, Jenny (Rodney) Chaffee of Fridley, MN; six grandchildren Amy (Scott) Barvir of Des Moines, IA, Britney (Austin) Haugh of Prior Lake, MN, Jon (Mikayla) Koser of Madison, WI, David Koser of Austin, MN, Wyatte and Allison Chaffee of Fridley, MN; 1 sister Sue (Barry) Heilman of Albert Lea, MN; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Olive Swanson; sister Betty Schillberg, and twin sister Marilyn (Jim) Srsen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Karen Behling officiating. The Lees family will greet friends from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Friday at the church prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials can be directed to the Mower County Humane Society, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, or recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.



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