Marie C. Blair Austin

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Marie C. Blair Austin

May 24, 1919 • July 17, 2018

The funeral service for Marie C. Austin of Morris, Minnesota (formerly of Hancock) was held  Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, with Deacon Stan Hennen officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial was at St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery, Clontarf.

Marie Henning, daughter of Carl and Rosa (Metz) Henning was born in Adrian, Minnesota May 24, 1919. She grew up and was educated at St. Adrian’s School.

Marie was married to Jack Blair November 10, 1936 in Adrian. The couple lived in Adrian before moving to Hancock in 1957. Jack died in 1964. She married Harold Austin in 1965. Marie continued to live in Hancock before moving to Morris; most recent she was a resident at West Wind Village.

She was a member of St. Malachy Church in Clontarf and was active in the ladies circle at church. Marie enjoyed working at the clothing bank in Hancock, crafts, quilting, and sewing for her family and friends. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and Legion Auxiliary.

Marie died Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at West Wind Village in Morris, having reached the age of 99 years.

She is survived by two sons: Larry (Kathy) Blair, Spokane, WA, and Roger (Lynn) Blair, Hancock; one daughter: Pat (Dan) Van Horsen, Sheldon, IA; two brothers: Virgil (Dorie) Ripperger, Adrian and Louis Ripperger, Glenwood; and 10 grandchildren. She was also survived by six step-children, and several step-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Marie was preceded in death by her husbands, one son, Bill, and one grandchild, Darin.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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