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Myrtle Marcella LeTourneau
Myrtle Marcella LeTourneau was born to John and Mary Rocker on the family farm, located on the outskirts of Dundee, on June 16, 1920. She was the oldest of five children and attended school until the eighth grade in Dundee. The farm was so close to town, the Rockers could easily walk to town for school and church.
In the early 1940s the family moved to a farm near Pat's Grove. This is the place all of the Rocker grandchildren considered one of the most fun places on earth. Each Sunday, all of the families went to Grandma Rocker's for Sunday dinner, visiting and kids playing in the grove and the pasture.
Myrt worked on the family farm, until moving to Stillwater to work for her father's stepbrother. While there, she was also employed by a wealthy St. Paul family, as live-in help.
After several years, she returned home, where she continued working as live-in help for families in the area.
In 1945, Myrt met George R. LeTourneau at The Chocolate Shop on the square in Windom, after coming to town with her sister, Rosie. George and his brother, Jim, had inherited money from relatives in the Boston area and had just purchased the Windom State Theatre.
Myrt and George were married at St. Mary's Church in Dundee in 1947.
Myrt was a housewife until George died suddenly in 1967, leaving her with three children still at home. She started giving personal guitar lessons in her home as well as working as a full-time housekeeper for Eldon R. Siehl and his wife, Cora, in rural Heron Lake.
The Siehls returned to the Cities in the late 1970s and Myrt worked for Byer's Drug Store as a clerk, until retiring at age 72.
Always a shy and reserved person, Myrt would spend evenings enjoying her hobbies of crocheting and cross stitching. Forever a perfectionist, there couldn't be the slightest flaw in any of her creations. Family members have the honor of hanging beautiful, crocheted snowflakes and angels on our Christmas trees every year.
But her favorite pastime was going dancing. Growing up, that is what you did for entertainment and she actually danced to the Lawrence Welk Band back in the day. Myrt and her friend, Ed Bohn, could still take a turn around the dance floor when they both were in their early 90s.
Myrt is lovingly remembered by her children: Louis (Patty) LeTourneau of Long Prairie, Gerard LeTourneau and Mary Ann LeTourneau of Windom; two grandchildren, Matthew G. LeTourneau of Mankato and Gina (Jeremy) Wilson of Prior Lake; five great-grandchildren: Eva, Braden and Lauren LeTourneau of Mankato, and Rowan and Emmie Wilson of Prior Lake; and sister-in-law, Kathy Rocker of Omaha, Neb.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George R. LeTourneau; son, James R. (Jimmy) LeTourneau; and all of her siblings and their spouses: Rosie (Lester) Soleta, Leola (Orrin) Lund, Marleen (Orville) Lund, Galen Rocker; and brother-in-law, James P. LeTourneau.
Myrt passed away Aug. 5, 2020, only a few weeks after her 100th birthday.
The family will have a private interment at a later date at the Catholic Cemetery.
God bless the memory of Myrt LeTourneau. She will be greatly missed.