March 16, 1945-Dec. 20, 2012
MARSHALL - Services for Chrystal Mae (Peterson) Gawarecki will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. Inurnment will be held by the family at a later date.
Chrystal Mae Gawarecki died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Chrystal Mae was born March 16, 1945, in Marshall to Joseph and Arlene (Larson) Peterson. She grew up on the same farm her grandfather homesteaded. After graduating from Minneota High School, Chrystal continued her education in Minneapolis, pursuing a degree in nursing. She returned to Minneota and was united in marriage to Dennis Gawarecki on Jan. 16, 1965, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minneota. The couple raised their family on the same farm she grew up on teaching them to always value family. She cared for many patients through her 46 year career at Avera Hospital in Marshall and was on the LPN Board of Directors Nurses' Union. Chrystal spent many hours reading her favorite novels and helping out at horse events. She was an active member of the Silver Spur Saddle Club and St. Paul's Lutheran church where she taught Sunday school. Chrystal's favorite past time was spending time reading to her grandchildren, who knew her best as "Ama."
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dennis of Minneota; children, Chadwick (and Janelle) of Arco, Caren (and Curtis) Buysse of Minneota; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, Pam (and Doug) Docken of Blaine, Kym (and Paul) Rudberg of Lino Lakes, Brenda (and Dale) Koening of Clear Lake, Wis., Mandy (and Brandon) Koster of Shakopee; brother-in-law, Lon Gawarecki of Taunton; sister-in-law Shirley Gawerecki of Taunton.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Delores Shaffer; brothers-in-law, Vince Gawerecki and Robert Schafer.
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