Mary Lou Turbes, 75, of Redwood Falls died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, from 4 until 7 p.m., at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. A private family graveside service will be held later in St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery.
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Mary Lou Tubes, the daughter of Walter and Frieda (Arbes) Boelter, was born September 21, 1940 in Springfield. She grew up in the Sanborn area. Mary Lou received her formal education in District 71 rural school and Sanborn High School, graduating in 1958.
On March 30, 1959, Mary Lou married Kenneth Turbes in St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda and they made their home in Wanda until 1964. At that time, the family moved to Redwood Falls where Mary Lou and Ken have resided since. She was employed at Control Data in Redwood Falls for 10 years, retiring from there in 1979. Mary Lou and Ken were caretakers at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home from 2004 until 2009. Mary Lou put her family before all. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her so much joy. She loved helping others. Mary Lou enjoyed sewing, gardening, dancing and camping – and especially spending time with her family. She had a great love for animals, especially her dog, Trixie.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband Kenneth of Redwood Falls; children Marlys (Jim) Paulson of Morton, Barbara (Tom) Vanderwerf of Marshall, Laurie Schumaci of Winsted, and Beverly Tauer of Spicer; grandchildren Brandon (Raji) Vanderwerf, Justin Vanderwerf (special friend Tiffany), Eric (Chelsey) Schumaci, Ryan Schumaci, Derick Senkyr, Rob (Melissa) Tauer, Brad Tauer, and Christina Tauer (special friend Dan); and great-grandchildren Owen Vanderwerf, Bennet Schumaci, and Owen Tauer. Also surviving are her sister Mavis Thompson of Windom; and brother Myron Boelter of Windom.
Blessed be her memory.