Services for Joan Marie Litfin, 78, of Delano were Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Church of St. Peter in Delano. Father Paul Kammen was the Celebrant.
Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Delano. The organist for the funeral Mass will be Karen Otto.
Casket Bearers were: Brad Dalbec, Brian Dalbec, Steve Holmer, Mark Haglund, Mike Elms and George Nieman.
Litfin’s courageous, five-year battle with cancer finally ended with her passing into glory May 13, 2013, at the Marie Steiner Kelting hospice home in Victoria. She was born Dec. 28, 1934, to Russell and Anne Elms of Minneapolis.
She attended South High School and after graduating, Joan worked at the IDS Center in Minneapolis for several years doing a variety of administrative work in purchasing.
One night in 1958 while out with friends at the Dominic Club in Minneapolis, she caught the eye of a dark-haired, handsome young man known as “Sonny.” He asked her to dance and the rest they say, is history. She eventually married DeMarel “Sonny” Litfin on Jan. 30, 1960, and later moved to Sonny’s home town of Delano to raise a family and start a business. They had four children, Greg (Colleen), Sandra (Scott Michaelson), Jeff, and Teresa (Jeff Wertz).
Over the next several years, Mrs. Litfin worked tirelessly and faithfully as a mother, homemaker, volunteer and business owner. She helped Sonny grow and expand their family business, M.J. Litfin & Son, Inc. into one of the most well-known trucking, excavating, towing, and salvage businesses within Wright County. But despite the challenges of raising four children and running a business, she always had time for others. She loved to volunteer and give of her time, talent, and treasure not only to her parish family, but also to her local community, to the Delano Senior Center, and to other civic organizations as well.
Some of her accomplishments and service awards included: VFW Montrose Auxiliary Post 1901, 40 and 8 Cabane 1281, Delano American Legion Auxiliary Post 377 (past President, Parliamentarian), The 10th District American Legion (Historian, Chaplain, Co-Captain of Wright County, Community Service Chairman, Choir).
Other hobbies and interests included polka dancing, traveling, music, singing in the church choir, playing cards with family and friends, baking the world’s most delicious Christmas cookies, bars and breads with her sister Betty, and consistently spoiling all ten of her grandchildren every chance she got.
Mrs. Litfin is survived by her four children; grandchildren, Bryce and Connor Litfin, Rebecca, Daniel and Aaron Michaelson, Hannah, Ellis and Aidan Litfin, Lauren and Madeline Wertz; sister, Betty Haglund, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, DeMarel; her parents, Russell and Anne; and beloved brother, Gene.
She was a courageous and faithful individual who never quit and who will never be forgotten by those fortunate enough to have known her. And while she will be deeply missed, her family and friends take great comfort in knowing that as of 8:30 p.m. on May 13, 2013, Joan once again caught the eye of that same dark-haired, handsome gentleman who, after years of waiting, was finally able to ask Joan to dance again
And the rest they say, is eternity.