Phyllis J. Celander

GRANADA – Funeral services for Phyllis J. Celander, 86, of Granada, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont, Minn. Burial will be following the service in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Phyllis passed away Monday afternoon, June 10, 2013, at Parker Oaks Living Community in Winnebago, Minn. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Phyllis Jean (Walters) Celander was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Jackson, Minn., the daughter of John and Francis (Young) Walters. She attended country school before attending Jackson High School. She graduated in 1944. On June 24, 1945, Phyllis was united in marriage to Vernon Celander in Alpha, Minn. This union was blessed with four children. Phyllis and Vernon farmed in the Fairmont area for a few years before moving to Rutland Township near Granada, Minn., in 1953. Phyllis loved farming with Vernon and they farmed together near Granada for over 30 years. In addition to farming, Phyllis also worked at Peerless Cleaners in Fairmont for many years. Phyllis and Vernon shared 40 years together before Vernon passed away in 1985. After Vernon passed away, Phyllis stayed on the farm until moving to Blue Earth in 2003. Phyllis and Vernon enjoyed going to threshing bees as well as camping with the kids and snowmobiling. Family was the most important thing to Phyllis. She especially loved riding horses with her granddaughters and having them come to visit her on the farm.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Katherine Celander of Blue Earth, Minn., Venner Celander and his wife, Linda, of Winnebago, Minn., and Lona Boote and her husband, Jack, of Lakeville, Minn.; granddaughters, Maria Wittkopf and her husband, Chris, of Overland Park, Kan., and Beth Celander; seven great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; sister, Faye Peters and her husband, Jerry, of Dunnell, Minn.; brother-in-law, Vincent Celander and his wife, Jeanne, of Belle Plaine, Minn.; many other relatives and friends.

Along with her parents, John and Francis Walters, Phyllis is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Celander; daughter, Teresa Baas; granddaughters, Sarah Baas and Anna (Baas) Casey; sister, Shirley Nordhausen; brother, Cecil Walters; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jack and Bernice Korth, and Eldon and Carol Groshens.