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“doug,brian and beth, Iam so sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of colleen. She was a great friend to me and my girls. We have very fond...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: maryann schlesser - lake winola, PA

“So sad to hear about Colleen. She was in my brothers class of 1970. I have known her for most of her life and always enjoyed her friendly...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Chuck Clarke - Kenyon, MN

“Have so many fond memories of Colleen when she was living in PA, ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Janet Dobson - PA

“What great memories of all the times we spent together in Sleepy Eye, as children. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family at this time. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Jan Mccauley - blm, MN

“Colleen's mother, Anna Zinniel, and my father, Andrew Mathiowetz, were siblings. For years her family took excellent care of my Grandma Mathiowetz...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Virginia (Mathiowetz) Nikolai - MN

“Colleen was a wonderful woman, happy, full of life, and a joy to visit with. She always had a smile and a caring heart. What a great cook,...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Kay Stern - Wells, MN

“Colleen was a very find person. I have fond memories of her as youngsters playing together. And also as we grew up. We lived two blocks apart and...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Judy Harpestad - Wells, MN

“I am filled with so many memories of the many times Colleen and I had over the years and all of the cups of coffee we had together. When we moved to...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Bergemann - New Ulm, MN

“We are saddened to hear of Colleen's passing. We are also privileged to have known such a warm and giving person. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Bill and Dianne Hickok - PA

“I am so sorry to hear of Colleen's passing. We were friends almost 30 years ago when my son Michael and Bryan were in kindergarten , Colleen was my...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Lidondici - Tallahassee, FL

“I am George Mathiowetz's grandson and Colleen's cousin. Will keep everyone in my prayers. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Brian Mathiowetz - Italy, TX

“The years have passed since Colleen and I were friends thru another friend. I doubt you will remember me but I do remember Colleen. Shehad a super...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Daneen Reese - Clarks Summit, PA

“Coleen was my sister-in-law and I remember her sense of humor even while she was going through kimo. I remember many years ago we were spending a...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Marilyn Podoll - Frederick, SD

“I read in the paper this morning of Colleen's passing and I was so deeply saddened. When she lived in Waverly, Pa. we worked at the same newspaper...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Bunny Adams - Nicholson, PA

“What a wonderful sense of humor this beautiful lady had. She could always make you laugh...such a joy to be around and put a spark in any party!...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Chuck and Julie Zimmeth - MN

“May God bless you during this difficult time. So sad to hear the news. The last phone call I had with Colleen we talked and laughed for an hour. I...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Diane Nelson - Lakeville, MN

“Our deepest sympathy to all of Colleen's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Roy & Ruby Larson - Eagan, MN

“My deepest sympathy in the loss of Colleen. I can remember growing up in the neighborhood with her and even carved inside our garage wall Brian...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Brian Wanzek - Palm Springs, CA

“Mary, Leon, Lyle, and Colleen's family - please know our thoughts are with all of you. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Rose & Russ Cole - Plymouth, MN

“offer my condolences especially to Beth who was friends with my daughter Katie in high school and to Lyle who was a few years younger than me at St...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Betty Ziegler - Easton, MN


Colleen A. Lempkie, age 60, of Winnebago, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00PM at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Blue Earth. Burial will be in St. Michaels Cemetery, Morgan, MN at a later date. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Colleen was born January 22, 1952, in Sleepy Eye, MN, the daughter of Leo and Anna (Mathiowetz) Zinniel. She was raised in Wells where she was a1970 graduate of Wells High School. She attended nursing school and worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis before her wedding to Douglas E. Lempkie on March 27, 1976 in Savage, MN. The couple soon moved to Waverly, PA where Colleen was a homemaker and raised two children. The family returned to Wells in 1989 where Colleen was active in the local community theater and worked as a pharmacists assistant at Miles Drug for several years. In 1994 she moved to Winnebago where she continued to be active in the community. She was an attentive caregiver to her mother for 19 years and enjoyed looking after her six grandchildren. She loved to read a variety of books, loved animals, was a wonderful painter of murals and other subjects. She was well known for keeping a good sense of humor through the years. Colleen Lempkie is survived by her husband, Douglas Lempkie of Winnebago, her son, Bryan Lempkie of Winnebago, her daughter, Beth Lempkie and husband Dan Ries of Sioux Falls, SD, her sister, Mary (Jerry) Zimmeth of Apple Valley, her brother, Leon (Shirley) Zinniel of Chisholm, MN, her brother, Lyle (Kathy) Zinniel of Winnebago, and her seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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