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February 28, 2020

1/22/2020 10:29:00 AM
Terena Bottema

Terena Bottema, 103, of Windom, formerly of Bingham Lake, died Jan. 17, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Chaplain Dan Hormig officiating.
Special music will be provided by Dustin Stevens, pianist.
Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held today at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom, is handling the funeral arrangements.
Terena Roll was born April 19, 1916, to Peter and Alice (Bruns) Roll in Jeffers. She was the youngest of eight children.
She attended country school in the Jeffers area until third grade, at which time the family moved to Bingham Lake in 1924. Terena attended Bingham Lake Schools until 10th grade.
She worked for her older siblings whenever they needed an extra hand on the farm or in the house, as well as for other neighbors when asked.
In 1942, Terena married Ben Bottema at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church rectory in Windom. They were blessed with two children.
They started their farming career west of Windom with the Rae family, then moved to Lakeside Township, south of Bingham Lake, in 1947. They remained there until retiring in 1974 and building a home in Bingham Lake. Terena enjoyed a large garden and many smaller flower gardens there.
Following Ben's death in 2001 and her son, David's death in 2008, she remained in her home until 2011, when she moved to Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial.
Terena attended Bingham Lake Methodist Church until it closed in 1997. She served on the funeral committee and was involved with women's groups.
Terena enjoyed spending time daily with her two sisters - by phone, in person, attending events or shopping.
The highlight of her life was being a grandmother. She nicknamed herself "Poky Grandma" due to physical ailments that slowed her pace.
She also enjoyed card games, coloring pictures and putting together puzzles. She always had chocolate chip cookies available. After moving to Sogge Memorial, Terena spent her early days reading and visiting with friends by phone.
In addition to her husband Ben and son David, Terena was preceded in death by sisters, Jennie and Gertie Dunkelberger; and brothers: Hank, Bruno and John.
Survivors include her daughter, Kathy (Nanno) Schoneman of Bingham Lake; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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