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Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Minnie (Oswald) Loeffler, born on July 3, 1934, in Corcoran Township, MN, peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones on January 17, 2024. She was the beloved daughter of Jacob and Frieda (Baumiester) Oswald.

Liz graduated from Buffalo High School in 1952 and embarked on a beautiful journey with her high school sweetheart, Clarence Loeffler. They exchanged vows on June 5, 1954, at St. John’s Church in Corcoran – the same church where Liz was baptized and confirmed. Together, they created a loving home on their farm, raising four wonderful daughters.

A dedicated and hardworking individual throughout her life, Liz was actively involved in 4H and held a leadership role in the organization. A culinary artist, she delighted in sharing her passion for cooking with others and owned a successful catering business for over 30 years. Liz’s fried chicken became legendary, a testament to her culinary skills and the love she poured into every dish.

Her talents extended beyond the kitchen; Liz had a remarkable gift for embroidery, creating beautiful pieces that reflected her creativity and attention to detail. Her love for game shows and card games added joy to family gatherings, creating cherished memories for all.

She had a deep love for her family was a guiding light to them throughout her life. Her role as a grandmother especially brought her immense joy, and she wore the title with pride. To Liz, being called “grandma” was not just a name but a cherished identity that filled her heart with happiness.

Liz was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clarence; her parents, Jacob and Frieda; siblings, Caroline (Melvin) Kobow, Muriel (Milan) Schulz, and Myron (Susan) Oswald; brother-in-law, John Walker; and sons-in-law, Dallas Schendel and Randy Manthei.

She is survived by her devoted children: Pamela (Steve) Tomczyk, Cindy Manthei, Kathy (Joe) Lundquist, and Paula (Greg) Krause. Liz’s legacy extends through her grandchildren: Luke, Justin, Nicholas, Emily, Courtney, Whitney, Dan, Abby, Melissa, and Molly, along with 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Jim (Rose) Oswald; sister-in-law, LaVarian Walker; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with a prayer service starting at 7:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael-Albertville. A funeral service will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 3:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, MN. Liz’s final resting place will be at Salem Lutheran Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rachel Tessmer

    Dear Loeffler girls! How sorry we are to hear of you Mom’s passing. As Christians,we are rejoicing with you that your Mom and Dad are reunited in the Heavenly Mansion! A quick memory! Everyone knows what a good cook your Mom was. When Jim and I were playing cards(many years ago) with Dal and Pam. Pam made the most delicious pork chops! I got the recipe from Pam, who told me this is Liz’s recipe! I had Liz make these for Jared’s confirmation. She even came to put them in the oven while we were at church. This is the only recipe I make to this day! All my kids call them Liz’s Pork Chops! Over the years I have been asked for this recipe. I always give credit to Liz…Liz’s Pork Chops. Yum! Yum!

  2. Rachel Tessmer

    Dear Loeffler girls,
    We are sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing! The blessed comfort to know your Mom and Dad are reunited in the Heavenly Mansion.
    A good memory! Many years ago we were playing cards with Pam and Dal. Pam served the most delish pork chops! She told me the recipe was her Mom’s. She gave me the recipe and it is the ONLY recipe I use for pork chops. I asked Liz to make them for Jared’s confirmation! She even put them in the oven while we were at church! Our family knows this recipe as Liz’s Pork Chops! Even Our grandchildren ask for Liz’s Pork Chops! Thank you, Liz!
    Love, Jim and Rachel 💖

  3. Pat Dearing

    Pam, so sorry for your loss. Our mom’s don’t teach us how to live without them so I will pray for peace for your family in the days and weeks ahead❤️

    Pat & Jim Dearing

  4. Cynthia Moldenhauer

    Dear Loeffler Girls,
    I am so sorry to hear about the death of you dear mom. Liz had a great influence on my life. I remember 4-H meetings and so many other activities that incuded your mom. I remember babysitting you girls and talking with your mom. She even catered the food for my wedding rehearsal. She now rejoices with the angels and the saints triumphant in praising our Savior. You are in my prayers and I send you Christian love and sympathy at this time.

  5. Ken & Lee Ann Yager

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Sister Donald Corcoran

    Happy memories of Liz from childhood–our neighbor–next farm over– in Corcoran. From Pat and Peg–the Corcoran twins.

  7. Cindy Johnson

    Thinking of you and your family,Pam…hugs and huge prayers ..

  8. Pastor & Judy Davidson

    Dear Family of “Liz”,

    Judy and I were surprised to hear of your Mom’s passing and yet grateful for her entrance into the Paradise Jesus prepared for her. She was faithful to her Savior in Word & Sacrament all her life. Now that her time of grace on earth has ended, she enjoys a life of eternal glory with Jesus in heaven!

    Like many others, our family has fond memories of your mother and her chicken. We enjoyed it at countless wedding receptions and other celebrations in the Greenfield /Hanover area. We had Liz prepare her chicken dinner for Mark’s confirmation at Salem on May 2, 1993. Whether you know it or not, Liz was like a Grandma to many people, including our kids, leaving her legacy of love and care with them. We thank you family, for sharing your Mom with all of us who knew her.

    May our gracious Lord comfort all you family members with the assurance of His promise in John 14:19 that says “because I live, you [Liz] also will live.” Blessed be her memory!

  9. Sandi Robasse

    Cindy, we are sorry for your loss. I did want to share that the top of the old farm house was our first home together. Many good memories. Jerry and Sandi Robasse

  10. Brenda DesMarais

    Loeffler Girls,
    Sorry to hear about your mom. She was a special lady. She catered my wedding and made all kinds of sandwiches for after the dance. That was a long time ago . Also catered other events for my parents. Hugs and comfort to you knowing she is in a wonderful place now,
    Brenda DesMarais

  11. Tim and Bjoe Reiss

    Cindy and girls, so sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers


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