A memorial service for Colette Marie Ahlschlager will be held on Friday, July 7, 2023 at Horvath Remembrance Center in Minneota, MN beginning at 3:00p.m. A public visitation will begin an hour prior to the memorial service.  The Horvath Funeral Service in Minneota is handling the arrangements.  

Colette Marie Ahlschlager was born May 7, 1957, to C.L. and Audrey (Christianson) Ahlschlager in Marshall, MN. She was blessed to be the first of three girls after four older brothers. She grew up in Minneota. She was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church and graduated from Minneota Public School in 1975.  Colette had many jobs throughout her life. She worked as a caregiver at the Clarkfield Nursing Home, Gislason Hardware, A&M Bar, Schott Corporation, and Superior Truss. She received a 2-year degree at STI in Canby and became a certified parts person for Sturdevant’s in Flandreau; SD. Colette also worked at the Hitching Post and Heritage Point Assisted Living in Marshall, MN.  Colette’s love of nature, the outdoors, gardening, flowers and especially her house plants was known by all who knew her. She loved “Daren’s Park” as a get-away throughout her life. Fishing, night crawler hunting, finding frogs, toads and salamanders were fun adventures she shared with friends and family. She loved “going barefoot” and getting as much sunlight as she could. She was very talented. She was an artist, a poet, and a storyteller, crafted braided bread bag and cloth rugs, and made one-of-a-kind quilts for her loved ones. She was also an amazing cook and baker with her stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, and chocolate chip cookies being favorites.  Colette worked hard, played hard, and loved with her whole heart. She was a strong woman and held strong beliefs. She will always hold a special place as a loving birthmother to her daughter Virginia. Colette loved her family, her children and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Colette passed away on Thursday June 29, 2023, at her home in Minneota. 

She is survived by her #1 son John (April) Fales of Taunton, MN, daughter, Virginia (Chandler) Braaten of Minot, ND. Siblings; Bruce Ahlschlager of Nicollet, MN. Sister-in-law Karen Ahlschlager of Marshall, David (Bai) Ahlschlager of Flandreau, SD., Susan (Tom) Handeland of Marshall, MN, Nona (Greg) Gottskalkson of Minneota, MN. Grandchildren; William Bresson, Hope Brennen, Jada Nielson, Truthton Fales, Johnny Fales, Demy Braaten, Ayla Braaten and great-grandson William Bresson Jr., and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.  She was preceded in death by her parents C.L. and Audrey, brothers Delbert and Alan, daughter Jenny Bresson and her grandparents.