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August 17, 1934 – April 25, 2023

Lilias Asfeld

August 17, 1934 – Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Visitation and Wake Information

Peterson Chapel of Buffalo

May 4, 2023 4:00- 8:00 pm (7:00 Prayer Service)

Service Information

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN

May 5, 2023 at 10:30 am Mass of Christian Burial with further visitation from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass.


Lilias Elsie Asfeld, age 88, passed away on April 25, 2023, surrounded by her family at The Annandale Care Center.

She was born on August 17, 1934 on a farm in Meeker County to Henry and Emma (Ross) Zempel. They lived on the farm in Forrest City, MN until her high school years when they moved to the City of Litchfield, MN.

She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1952.

On May 2, 1953, she was united in marriage to George Asfeld. They made their home in Watkins

until 1957, when they moved to Buffalo where they attended St. Francis Xavier Church. While attending and enrolling the children in Catechism classes, she converted and became Catholic.   To date, she is still a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Lilias worked several different jobs. She worked in a dental office in Litchfield, was an aide at Park View Care Center, and cooked and cleaned at the King’s House in Buffalo.

She also worked for The Buffalo School District as the Head Custodian at the Primary Elementary School, where she retired after 26 years.

She was known for her involvement with the Christian Women’s Club (now known as The After 5 Club). She was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis Xavier.

Lilias loved to cook, clean, play cards and host family get-togethers. She never missed a birthday, anniversary, wedding, first communion or graduation without sending a special kind of card. She enjoyed shopping and getting her hair done as she took pride in her appearance. She loved taking care of her indoor plants and outside garden flowers. She was especially proud of her Precious Moments collection.

While her husband George was still alive, they enjoyed traveling to Australia, Hawaii, and Mexico. They also enjoyed cruising and spending time wintering in Texas.

Lilias is survived by her five of six children: Glenn (Beatrice) of San Antonio, TX, Keith “Skip” (Arlene) of Cokato, MN, Gordan of Watertown, MN, Pamela Mooney of Maple Lake, MN and Laurie (Dan) McConnell of Becker, MN; 13 grandchildren, 1 step granddaughter, 37

great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death is her husband, George, infant son, Steven, her parents and a brother, Leo Zempel, and his wife, Nona, her sister, Hazel McCarty, and her husband, Harold, her daughter-in-law, Diane, and son-in-law, Stephen Mooney.

Pallbearers; Jeremy Asfeld, Gordan Michael Asfeld, Shawn Asfeld, Zechariah McConnell, Nicholas Mooney and Eric Asfeld.

Honorary Pallbearers; Benjamin Asfeld, Shanda Hubbell, Lisa Van Delden, Brandy Asfeld, Wendy Pool, Ventia Webber, and Natalie Dornan.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 4th, 2023 4:00-8:00pm at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN with prayer service at 7:00 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier

Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN at 10:30am on Friday, May 5th, 2023 with visitation from 9:00 A.M. until time of  Mass.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo is serving the family.

Online condolences may be made to


4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Brandy asfeld

    Rest in peace my beautiful grandma now you’re up in heaven with Grandpa we will miss you guys tons and never forgotten

  2. Carol (Walhowe) Bitzer

    Sending my deepest sympathy on the loss of our mother. May she rest in peace.

  3. Doug and Paula Paumen

    My condolences to the Asfeld Family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.

  4. Tanya Walter

    My deepest condolences for your loss. She was such a lovely lady I met when we both were at our hair salon several years ago. I would have never guessed we would have struck up a conversation. Many times her appointment was right after mine. Lilias was always interesting to talk to about her life, travels, and family. I always enjoyed our banter and sharing a giggle or two about something silly. She had such a wry sense of humor. Always left a smile on my face the rest of the day.


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