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Lou Ann Throndson, 88

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Lou Ann Throndson, age 88 of Lawler, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Assumption Parish, Little Turkey, with the Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. 

Interment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery - Reilly Ridge, rural Lawler.  

Friends greeted the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton,  where there will be a 7 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. 

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Lou Ann was born on Nov. 16, 1933, to Carl and Mathilda (Scholbrock) Baumler on the family farm east of St. Lucas. She was the seventh of the Baumler’s 10 children, but she was the oldest daughter and growing up, she was her mother’s “right-hand person.” She helped her mother with anything and everything around the farm and in their home. She learned to bake bread, cook, sew, mend clothes, and tend gardens and at an early age, Lou Ann had a strong work ethic, one that she carried with her throughout her life. 

Lou Ann attended St. Luke’s Catholic School through the eighth grade, and after her schooling was complete, she continued working at home and later at the eggplant in Calmar. She met Harlan Throndson and they were married on May 14, 1956, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas. Lou Ann and Harlan farmed together north of Lawler, where they raised their four children — Rick, Denise, Wayne and Dale — who remember growing up with a mother who worked hard.  

Lou Ann was a wonderful grandmother to 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She never ever forgot a birthday or anniversary and always made sure to send a card with a special message. She’d drop off her “black box” that was filled with cake books and you could pick out your cake design. She made sure the cakes were just what her grandchildren and great-grandchildren wanted, and they were true acts of love and cherished by all. Lou Ann’s greatest gift, though, was her ability to make everyone feel special. With her turtle soup, tasty apple pies, and the quilts given to her children and grandchildren. 

Lou Ann was always up for a good card game, especially euchre, and she loved to get together with her friends to play and visit. She also immensely enjoyed the trips she took with her sisters, and over the years, they visited places like Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, New England and New York City. 

She was a member of Reilly Ridge Catholic Church and after it closed, she moved to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, where she was a member of the Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She also was a member of the Lawler American Legion Auxiliary. 

Lou Ann is survived by her three sons, Rick (Donna) Throndson of New Hampton, Wayne (Cindy) Throndson of Little Turkey, and Dale (Renee) Throndson of Little Turkey; one daughter, Denise (Leon) Elsbernd of Calmar; 14 grandchildren, Eric, Tyler, and Marc Throndson, Emily Sanford, Paula Bonar, Lindsey Haas, Jacob Elsbernd, Danielle Rawson, Jaimie Elsbernd, Andrew and Ethan Throndson, Ashley Troyna, Mariah and Jenna Throndson; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma (Ed) Wurzer; and two sisters-in-law, Lois Baumler and Helen (Jack) Whalen. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harlan in 2005; brothers, Reynold (Helen) Baumler, and Donald in infancy, Melvin (Rita) Baumler, Neil (Lorraine) Baumler, Cyril (Theresa) Baumler, Gerald Baumler, Irenus (Marlene) Baumler; sister, Colleen (Gerald) Guenther; mother and father in law; Thrond and Bertha Throndson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence (Rita) Throndson, Robert (Arlene) Throndson, Irv (Florence) Throndson, Bernice (Merle) Cutsforth, Ardes (Jim) King, and Bud Vrzak.

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