A private committal service will be held for Jane Louwagie, 82, of Marshall. A public Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. In the meantime, public expressions of sympathy are encouraged and much appreciated by the Louwagie family. Reflections and condolences may be shared at www.horvathfuneralservice.com
Jane Mary (Hamerlinck) Louwagie was born on December 16, 1937, in Minneota, to Alfonce and Elsie (Geurs) Hamerlinck. She was baptized and received her sacraments at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Jane graduated from Minneota High School in 1955. Following high school, she worked at the bank in Minneota. On February 13, 1957, she married the love of her life, Ernie Louwagie. The couple farmed and raised their family near Green Valley. They shared 61 years together. In 2015, they moved to a condo in Marshall. Jane was an active member of St. Clotilde Catholic Church in Green Valley and sang in the choir. After her children were grown, she worked at the Cottonwood Golf Course & Country Club, Cooks Clothing in Marshall, and for many years worked as a supervisor at Hardee’s in Marshall and Granite Falls. Jane enjoyed baking, shopping, travelling, and playing cards. She was very social and belonged to a couples and ladies card group. Jane was happiest spending time with her family and friends, and “sister time” always made her life complete. She also enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s activities as she was so proud of all of them.
Jane died peacefully on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the Prairie Home Hospice McLaughlin House in Marshall. She is survived by her children Wayne (and Mary) Louwagie of Marshall, Conni (and Stan) Stensrud of Marshall, Gwen Krone (and fiancé Oscar Melendez) of Austin, TX, and Lisa (and Dan) Gregoire of Cottonwood; grandson Preston (and Crystal) Stensrud, great-grandchildren Keygan, Asher, and Beckett; grandson Perry Louwagie (and Jana Nicholson and her daughter Madalyn); granddaughter Heidi (and Tony) Lopez, great-granddaughter Adilyn; granddaughter Danica (and Ross) Garrant, great-grandchildren Sylas and Kovyn; granddaughter Lexie (and Jance) Vandelanotte, great-grandchildren Kylie and Lincoln; grandson Skyler (and Katie) Stensrud; granddaughter Shay Gregoire; twin sister Jean (and Jim) Wambeke; sisters Joyce Downing and Judy Hamerlinck (and Tom Streeter); in-laws Cletus (and Lorraine) Lanners, Dick Vroman, George (and Cathy) Louwagie, Bernice (and Chuck) Fischer, Darlene Weber (and Jim Lindquist), Shirley Schulz (and Rick Perry); and many special nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband Ernie, parents Alfonce and Elsie Hamerlinck, parents-in-law Camiel and Magdeline Louwagie, sisters Joanne Lanners and Janet Collins, in-laws Fuzzy Downing, Helen Vroman, and Mike Weber, and nieces Joyel Downing and Abby Satterfield.
Despite being disabled the past couple of years, she seldom complained and continued to love life. Each day she looked forward to visitors. She filled our lives with kindness, laughter, and love, and her passing will leave a tremendous void. Blessed be her memory.
The family would especially like to thank Father Matt Wiering, Jane’s family and friends who visited her and helped to make her quality of life so meaningful and special, the staff at Heritage Pointe that cared for her the last 1 ½ years, and the compassionate care she received in her final days at the McLaughlin House in Marshall.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family would prefer a donation to Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care or the Green Valley Cemetery Fund.