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Marie Kuiters, 1916-2015

Marie A. Kuiters, 99, of Clarks Grove went home to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at The Cedars of Austin.

Marie was born May 12, 1916, in rural Pine County, to Charles and Sophie (Mischka) Minar.  Marie attended a one room country school near her family’s farm.  At 16, she attended the Southern School of Agriculture Southern Campus.  While at school, she met Jacob Kuiters and they were married Nov. 13, 1934, in Carlton County. Together, with his family, they farmed west of Hollandale.  In 1941, they moved to their farm near Clarks Grove.  Jacob died in 1998 and Marie continued to live on the farm until 2011. Throughout her life, she was active as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher and was involved with Mother’s Club at District 23 and Homemakers Clubs. Marie was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed needlework.  She was a wonderful cook and baker.  She loved making birthday cakes for everyone in the family and made and decorated many wedding cakes for her grandchildren.

Marie Kuiters

Marie Kuiters

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jacob; and brother, Charles L. Minar.

Marie is survived by her children Dave Kuiters of Albert Lea, Carolyn (Lewis) Lindsey, of Naples, Florida, Keith Kuiters (Helen Johnson) of Clarks Grove and Cathy (Ken) Lightly of Blooming Prairie;  grandchildren Sharon (Dave) Egerdal of Clarks Grove, Sandy (Danny) Reed of Austin, Susan Meyer of Omaha, Nebraska, Jim (Jayne) Lindsey of Bloomington, Barb (Steve) Moriarty of Naples, Laurel Peterson of Medford, Jay (Emily) Kuiters of Clarks Grove, Lee (Kerri) Kuiters of Dacula, Georgia, Mary (Mike) Kirtz of Eyota, Wayne (Julie) Lightly of Austin, Sarah (Steve) Caton of Bicester, England, Daryl Lightly of Estherville, Iowa, and Brian (Jessica) Lightly of Blooming Prairie; 27 great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law Ursula Kuiters, of Albert Lea and Nancy Kuiters of Albert Lea; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Grace Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Terrill will officiate.  Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service on Saturday. A meal and fellowship will follow the service. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the donor’s choice or Bass Lake Bible Camp.