Deloyce Sawyer, 87, Albert Lea

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Memorial services for Deloyce Sawyer, 87, of Albert Lea will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ellendale Methodist Church. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  To sign the guest book, go to


Deloyce died Feb. 27, 2011, at Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea.

Deloyce Sawyer was born May 20, 1923, in New Richland, the daughter of Clarence and Meryl Molyneux. She graduated from Ellendale High School on May 29, 1940. Deloyce attended the Mankato School of Beauty Culture and graduated on Jan. 6, 1941. She married Floyd E. Sawyer on Feb. 3, 1943, at her home in Blooming Prairie. To this union three daughters and one son were born: Pat, Paulette, Dennis Floyd and Lyn.  After leaving the farm, Floyd and Deloyce moved to Ellendale and spent many winters in Lake Havasu, Ariz., where Deloyce enjoyed swimming, bowling and socializing with friends. She was an excellent cook and homemaker. She used her sewing talents and also used her skills as a beautician giving many haircuts and perms to family and friends. When Floyd’s health deteriorated they moved to Bancroft Creek Estates and Deloyce continued to live there until she suffered a compression fracture and moved to the Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea where she died on Feb. 27. She was a member of the Ellendale Methodist Church and the Oak Street Club for many years.

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Survivors include her daughters: Pat Schulz (Marv) of Albert Lea, Paulette Nelson (Dick) of Clarks Grove and Lyn Kruckeberg (Doug) of Mankato; six grandchildren: David Schulz of Red Wing, Kelly Krumwiede (Kurt) of Lake Crystal, Tammy Peterson (Dave) of Clarks Grove, Teri Jahnke (Darren) of Lonsdale, Jennifer Rechtzigel (Brian) of Lonsdale and Paula Coyour (Shad) of Mankato; 10 great-grandchildren: Brianna and Derek Krumwiede, Blake Peterson, Megan Thompson (Eric), Calvin Peterson, Livia and Evan Jahnke, Adam and Grace Rechtzigel and Isaac Coyour; sister, Avis Mickelson; sisters-in-law, Betty Molyneux and Helen Sawyer; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Deloyce was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Meryl Molyneux; husband, Floyd Sawyer; infant son, Dennis Floyd; brother, Darrel Molyneux.

A special thank you to the staff at the Good Samaritan Society for all of their wonderful care and also to the hospice staff. Deloyce was a special mother, grandmother and friend. Blessed be her memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Ellendale Methodist Church or Hospice.