Ethel Margaret (Grunzke) Townsend, age 99 of Minnesota Lake, MN, was greeted by family and friends into eternity on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. A Memorial Social will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 1:00-3:00PM with a prayer service starting at 2:30PM with Pastor Joy Bruder officiating at Nasinec Funeral Home in Wells, MN. Burial will be in Peace UCC Cemetery in Minnesota Lake, MN. Memorials may be made to Kremer House, Minnesota Lake Ambulance Fund, or donor’s choice. Please see www.nasinecfh.com to leave online condolences. Nasinec Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Ethel Margaret Townsend was born May 27, 1923 to Edna and William Grunzke in Dunbar Township. Ethel married Dean Townsend on December 21, 1945 and to this union two children were born, Lynn and Larry. They made Minnesota Lake their home. Ethel was an active member of Peace U.C.C. Church of Minnesota Lake. She sang with the choir for many years and was active in various church groups. Ethel loved her flower gardens, quilting, sewing doll clothes, making Barbie doll furniture, knitting mittens for the school kids, and making beautifully delicate wedding cakes. She was a very crafty lady, a generous and supportive community member and spent time working at the Kremer House in Minnesota Lake. Ethel was a collector of dolls, loved fishing, and always had a puzzle going on the card table. She enjoyed many years travelling to Heath’s Resort on White Fish Lake with daughter Lynn, brother Norman and his wife Harriet along with nieces, nephews, and family. Ethel wintered many years in Peoria, AZ. In 2018 Ethel moved from her home in Minnesota Lake to New Perspective in Mankato.
Ethel is survived by her daughter Lynn Townsend, sister-in-law Harriet Grunzke, along with many Grunzke and Townsend nieces and nephews, and her close friends.
Preceding her in death was her husband Dean, son Larry, her parents, mother and father-in-law, and her brother Norman.