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Cornelia “Bobby” Patrias, 92

Funeral Mass was held for Cornelia “Bobby” Lynch Patrias age, 92 of Vining, on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Henning, with Fr. LeRoy Schik officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Paul Malecha and Patti Cogley. The pallbearers were: Bruce Pollin, Scott Larson, Todd Bradley, Thomas Eraine Patrias, Daniel Scott Larson, Patrick Brendan Patrias, John Robert Bradley and Augustus Edward Patrias.The honorary pallbearers were Terrence Kolbe Patrias, Stephen Matthew Patrias and Charles Gillespie Lachapelle. Military Honors were provided by the MN Army National Guard, Honor Guard, Moorhead, Minn. Interment was in St. Edward’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Henning.
Cornelia “Bobby” Lynch Patrias was born on November 7, 1921 at the Estate of Gifford Pinchot in Milford, Penn. She was the fourth of six children born to Henry William and Bridget (Bambrick) Lynch. Bobby grew up on the Griffin Estate in Bedminstr, N.J. and graduated from the Bernardville High School with the class of 1938. Bobby received a degree as a Registered Nurse. She enlisted in the United States Navy and Honorably Served from May 10, 1944 to July 26, 1946 and served in the USNR until September 11, 1951.
On June 4, 1947 Bobby was united in marriage with Eraine “Pat” Mathew Patrias at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Far Hills, N.J. Their marriage was blessed with eight children. Pat served as a United States Marine Aviator as he and Bobby made their home throughout the United States. They lived in North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Florida and Virginia. They moved to Pat’s home state of Minnesota in 1962.  From 1962 to 1977 they lived in Bloomington, Minn. Pat retired from the Marines and returned to teaching. Bobby, after her youngest child went to school, returned to nursing. Bobby was employed in the  Neonatal ICU at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. In 1977, Bobby and Pat built their retirement home on Stuart Lake in rural Vining, Minnesota. Bobby continued to work as a nurse. She was employed at the Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, taking care of newborn babies. She retired in 1983. Pat passed away on September 6, 2009. Bobby continued to live at the Lake, until the fall of 2012, when she moved in with her daughter’s family in Hutchinson, Minn. Bobby was an active member of the Catholic Church, serving in many roles in the different parishes where she lived.  She enjoyed cooking and baking and her family and friends enjoyed eating all she prepared. She was a gracious hostess who opened her table and her home to many friends and  her extended family. She loved visits from her children and grandchildren and celebrated with joy the birth of each new great-grandchild. She had an easy laugh and a great sense of humor.
On March 28, 2014 Bobby passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., at 92 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Bobby in death were her parents; husband, Eraine “Pat” Patrias; sisters: Elizabeth, Katherine and Patricia; brother, William; sisters-in-law: Barbara, Adella, Angeline, Connie, Marie and Eileen; brothers-in-law: Jack, Dick, Darb, George, Leo, Stanley, Fred and Frank.
Bobby is survived by her children: Matthew (Nancy Lachapelle) Patrias of Fort Benton, Mont.; Christopher (Charlotte) Patrias of St. Charles, Mo.; Marybrigid (Bruce Pollin) Patrias of Vining; Cornelia (Scott) Larson of Hudson, Wis.; Patrick Patrias of Vining; Andrew Patrias of Vining; Edward (Marla) Patrias of Bemidji, Minn.; Dorothy (Todd) Bradley of Hutchinson; daughter-in-laws Marion Patrias of Daleville, Ala. and Launa Patrias of Minnetonka, 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy “Dotty” D’Epagnier of Far Hills, N.J., nieces and nephews and many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Bobby’s family.

Devra Hanson, 69

Devra Jean (Withers) Hanson died peacefully at her “Deerhaven” rural home, Henning, on April 4, 2014, at 4:34 p.m. after entering hospice care on April 3. She had fought a gallant, courageous three and a half year fight with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing cancer with no known cure that ultimately affected her liver. She died holding her husband’s and daughter’s hands and surrounded by all her brothers and sisters and other family members.
Devra was born to Judyth M. (Sether) and Donald E. Withers on May 23, 1944, in Mountain Lake, Minn. She grew up in Mankato and Jackson, graduating from Jackson High School in 1962. During high school she worked at Joul Drug to save money before attending and graduating from Waldorf College with an Associate of Arts Degree in 1965. She continued her education at Jackson Area Vocational Technical and graduated in 1966 with an  Accounting Diploma. She accepted a job in the accounting department at Spencer Packing Company, Spencer, Iowa.
On August  28, 1966, Devra married Dan Hanson from Albert Lea, Minn., who she had met at Waldorf. They spent four years on U.S. Air Force assignments at Amarillo, Texas, and Denver, Colo. She worked in a CPA office in Amarillo and with an insurance/investment company while in Denver. In 1970 they moved to Hanlontown, Iowa, when Dan joined his brother in business. Devra worked at the local grade school as a teacher aide and playground assistant and then became secretary to the principal.
In 1976 Dan joined the Good Samaritan Society-Albert Lea and Devra became a secretary in the Good Samaritan Center’s business office. In 1977 they moved to Luverne, Minn., where Dan was administrator of Mary Jane Brown Good Samaritan nursing home and Devra became the first woman insurance adjuster at Tri State Insurance. In 1978 Dan was reassigned to Good Samaritan Society-Albert Lea, and Devra worked in the office of Fountain Industries before becoming the business office/personnel manager for Good Samaritan. In 1985 she accompanied Dan to Sioux Falls, S.D., with another Good Samaritan Society relocation and later became the shared ministries coordinator at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, helping implement and train people for the Stephen Ministry Program. She continued in that role until 1993 when Dan relocated to the Good Samaritan Society office in St. Paul, Minn., and they moved to Lakeville, Minn.Here, Devra decided to pursue her dream to become a certified doll restoration artist or “doll doctor.”  She established Devra’s Doll Hospital in 1999, and began to repair, paint, and sew doll clothes for antique dolls.
Their final moves took them back to Sioux Falls and eventually north to Henning. When she and Dan bought their old farm house and land between Battle Lake and Henning in 2006, Devra began fulfilling another dream. She worked with contractors, doing much of the planning, designing, and painting on their country home. After completion of the house in 2008, she hosted her family that summer at the new “Deerhaven” home.
A member of First Lutheran Church of Battle Lake, Devra loved her Lord and the work of the church. She led bible studies and served on Altar Guild and women’s circle. She was highly respected for her winsome ways, intelligence, wisdom, empathy, and genuine interest in others. She always worked to the best of her capabilities and without any real interest in recognition. Her life was one of service to her family and others. She enjoyed their travels to Hawaii, Alaska, Norway, Italy, Germany, and, most recently, England and Scotland.
Surviving Devra are her husband Dan, Henning; daughter Kristina Krieger, Eagan, Minn.; sisters Lynn Tvedt (Les) of Andover, Minn.; Jan Bell (Dan) of New Durham, N.H.; Mary Lou Pletcher (Jeff) of Apple Valley, Minn.; brother Alan Withers, West St Paul, Minn.; mother-in-law Gladys Hanson, Lake Mills, Iowa; sisters-in- law Janet Withers, Norfolk, Va.;  Jean Brattrud, Clear Lake, Iowa; nine nieces and nephews; and eight great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, an older brother David Withers, father-in-law Harvey Hanson, and brother-in-law Richard Brattrud.  
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent in Devra’s memory to one or more of the following:   Hope Lodge in Rochester, Minn., First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake, Mayo Cancer Research in Rochester, Minn., Good Samaritan Foundation-Staff Crisis Fund, Sioux Falls, S.D., Waldorf College Foundation-Staff Scholarships, Forest City, Iowa, Grace Lutheran Church in Hanlontown, Iowa, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake
Visitation: Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church and from 12 noon to the time of service on Wednesday
Iowa Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, Iowa