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January 25, 2021


12/2/2020 10:58:00 AM
Doris Onken

Doris "Peggy" Onken, 94, of Mt. Lake, formerly of Windom, died Nov. 29, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
The service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Masks and social distancing are required to attend the visitation and funeral.
Burial will follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Rost Township of Jackson County.
Visitation will be held Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Doris "Peggy" Belle Bass was born Oct. 12, 1926, to Ray Virgil and Amalia Marie (Steffen) Bass in Worthington. She was baptized and later confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rost Township.
After attending grade school in various Jackson County country schools, Peggy graduated from Sioux Valley in 1944 and later attended Worthington Community College.
In 1946, Peggy married Walt Onken at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Together with their young family, they began farming in Ewington Township and in 1952 moved to their farm north of Windom. The couple farmed together for 45 years until 1997 when they moved to Windom due to Walt's declining health.
In 2010, they moved to Mt. Lake, where Walt was a resident of Good Samaritan Society-The Village for a short time. Peggy continued to live in Mt. Lake after Walt's death in 2011. In 2018, she moved to The Lodge in Mt. Lake, then moved to The Village in August 2020.
Peggy enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing and later reading, doing crossword puzzles and writing stories of her years growing up with her brothers.
While in Windom, Peggy was a longtime member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior where she was a member of the Ladies Aide and Circle. She also was a member of the Great Bend Township Homemakers Club, and she and Walt also enjoyed being members of the local heart support group.
In addition to her husband Walt, Peggy was preceded in death by two daughters, one at birth and Lori Thiessen; two infant granddaughters, Jeane Michelle Krueger and Cherie Lee Thiessen; and brothers: Arthur, Harold, Clarence, George and Ernie.
Survivors include her son, Gary (Mary) Onken of Windom; two daughters, Carol Krueger of Lakefield and Susan (Donn) Nelson of Windom; son-in-law, Lauren (Jackie) Thiessen of Windom; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Dolores) Bass of Jackson; a brother-in-law, August Onken of Clarissa; and three sisters-in-law: Mary Bass of Lakefield, Adeline Bass of Okabena and Gladys Bass of Springfield.








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