RaLetta ‘Rae’ M. Flohrs

RaLetta ‘Rae’ M. Flohrs

FAIRMONT — A celebration of life service for RaLetta “Rae” M. Flohrs, 79, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service in Lakeside Cemetery.

Rae passed away Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and one hour prior to service Monday at the church.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

RaLetta “Rae” Matil Colby was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Oakes, N.D., the daughter of Archie and Elvira (Bergemann) Colby. As a young girl, the family moved to a farm near Granada, Minn. She attended school in Fairmont and Granada and would later go on to earn her associate’s degree.

On Feb. 3, 1956, Rae was united in marriage to Richard Fluegel at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont.

While Richard served his country, the couple made their home in various places throughout the United States and were blessed with two daughters, LaRee and Michelle. While in Wisconsin, she worked as an accountant and following the family’s return to Fairmont, she worked for Dr. Reed Gethmann and at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.

In 1996, Richard passed away, but Rae was blessed to find love again when she met and later married Oren Flohrs on March 27, 2004, at Galena Lutheran Church.

Following Rae’s retirement in 2005, Rae and Oren set their sights on the open road and traveling around the United States. They looked forward to the winter months and their annual trek to Rockport, Texas, where they looked forward to connecting with friends. After 11 years of marriage, Oren passed away on June 10, 2013.

Rae was a strong-willed, hard-working woman who had a wonderful sense of humor. In her later years, she kept her family on their toes as she sometime “lost her filter” when visiting with others. She loved to travel and, after Oren’s passing in 2013, she, her daughters and other families members continued traveling and making memories. Rae was a kind and caring person and loved to “mother” those important to her. She was extremely proud of her daughters and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rae enjoyed keeping up with everyone via Facebook on her iPad and could often be found playing a game a solitaire.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, LaRee (Terry) Rowan, and Michelle “Shelly” (Kenneth) Vlieger; step children, Sheryl (Greg) Hanefeld, Steve (Connie) Flohrs, and Kent (Teri) Flohrs; grandchildren, Tim Heup, Kelli Anderson, Colby Vlieger, Cassidy Vlieger, Steven (Natalie) Rowan, and Chris (Kara) Rowan; step-grandchildren, Jason (Angelic) Flohrs, Aaron Flohrs, Rachael (Michael) Flohrs, Bethany (David) Maday, Kelsey Hanefeld, Leigh Hanefeld, Wraine (Matt) Schroeder, Cierra (Zach) Peterson and Karl Vlieger; great-grandchildren, Kiera, Sydney, Kendall, Josephine, Rayna; step-great-grandchildren, Blake, Byrnn, Carter, Regan, Malcolm, Nathan, Cheyenne, Clayton, Emma, Hayden, Oren, Avory, Trenton and Elijah; sister, Lenor Waldschmidt; brothers, Eldren (Darla) Colby, and Arvid (Sheryl) Colby; as well as many other extended family and friends.

RaLetta was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Elvira Colby; husbands, Richard Fluegel and Oren Flohrs; and other family.