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Mary Lou Kolles 73, of Albertville MN passed away peacefully at home on December 5, 2022.  She was born on the family farm, which was known as Lehnville on March 6, 1949 in St. Michael, MN to parents Elmer & Eveline (Kersting) Lehn.

On February 10, 1968, Mary Lou Lehn and Wayne Edwin Kolles were joined in holy marriage at St. Michael Catholic Church in St Michael, MN. In their 54 years together they were inseparable, rarely spending moments apart.  They had a spiritual connection that only the two of them shared. Their love for one another was immeasurable. God blessed their marriage with 8 children.  Family has always been the center of Mary Lou’s life and nothing brought her greater joy than being with them.  Mary Lou was a faithful member and pianist for the Church of St Alberts for 53 years.  While raising 8 children she continued to use her gifts to bless many people, especially the children of St. Michael- Albertville Elementary where she worked as a para-professional for 22 years.  Mary Lou’s love for the Lord guided her throughout her life even in times of joy and sorrow.  She lived out her faith daily in service to others.  She was an intelligent woman with a Masters degree in life and a BA in cooking & baking.  She made the world’s best mashed potatoes and cookies.  You never left her house on an empty stomach or a to-go plate enclosed in plastic wrap and two twist ties.  Her love for her children and everyone around her was selfless.  Her gift when writing words of affirmation epitomized her integrity and warmed your heart inside and out.  Her servant heart was unrelenting.

She is survived by her loving husband Wayne Kolles of Albertville; children: Bonnie (Glenn) Kaiawe, Daniel (Lupita) Kolles, Cheryl (Wiley) Hester, Shawn (Jena) Kolles, Rachel (Rich) Kimmerle, Adam (Amy) Kolles, Jared (Natasha) Kolles; daughter-in-law Erin Kolles;  23 grandchildren: Braxton, Savannah, Gabrielle, Sophia, Landon, Callan, Brandon, Melanie, Vanessa, Jacinta, Amara, John Paul, Gracie, Alexandra, Joe, Justin, Ian, Josh, Violet, Medora, Ruby, Elis, Treyson and one great-grandchild Evelyn; brothers and sisters:  Rosalie Anselment, Henry (Nancy) Lehn, James (Susan) Lehn, Elmer A. Lehn, Jeannie (Jim) Kramer, Jeanette Mock, Linda (Ed) Hall, Ramona (Gerald) Martin and Sheila Lehn; and a host of relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by parents Elmer & Eveline Lehn, son Randy Kolles, grandchildren Gianna, Lila, Ryan, and Adam, sister Margaret Grabinger, and brother Gerald Lehn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 12, 11 AM at Church of St. Alberts in Albertville.  Interment:  St. Albert’s Cemetery, Albertville MN.  Visitation at Church of St Alberts Sunday, December 11, 4-7 PM, Vigil Service 7-8 PM.

In lieu of sending thank you’s, the Kolles family wishes to express their gratitude for your kindness during these last few days.  Your expression of sympathy is greatly appreciated.

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Newberger

    I am so very sorry for the Kolles’ family’s loss. Mary Lou is remembered fondly by many who knew her work at Albertville Primary. I remember that she had such a beautiful smile and caring heart. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  2. Jim and Lori Valerius

    Such a HUGE loss to our community! Mary Lou was a wonderfully talented, beautiful soul!
    Hugs, prayers and sympathy to Wayne and the entire family!

  3. Rita Goulet Martinez

    My condolences to Wayne and all the family on this incredible loss. She must be with the angels now. I was in her high school class at St Michael’s and remember her as beautiful, soft spoken and kind. God bless and keep all of you close in your sorrow.

  4. Elvia Medellin

    Wishing your early resignation
    We will remember Marylou fondly.

  5. Betty, Irving And Arely

    We Will remember You, We are so thankful for your hospitalary and attentions.

  6. Marlene Lindenfelser

    Condolences and prayers. Mary Lou was very talented and a beautiful caring woman who touched many lives. She will be missed.

  7. Joyce Catlin Casey

    I remember Mary Lou when she worked at Albertville Primary as a very sweet and caring person. I had many of her kids, and they were the best behaved learned to be kind from their mom. My prayers and condolences to all the family.

  8. Karen Frase

    My prayers goes out to the Kolles family for your heart breaking loss. Mary Lou was a very kind, gentle, and talented soul. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. She is now entertaining in heaven, playing piano and singing with the angels.

  9. Ellie and Marilyn Lindenfelser

    We are sorry for your loss. Wayne you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Such a beautiful family.

  10. Lois (Greninger) Frazier

    My deepest condolences Wayne to you and your family. I appreciate everything you both of have done for St. Alberts. My prayers.

  11. Joe and Wanda Scherber

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Wayne, and your family! Mary Lou was a very talented, very caring person and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you

  12. Laura

    All my love to the family. May she be in the loving embrace of Jesus and I pray your souls be comforted in missing her beautiful presence.

  13. Ray & Ellie Scherber

    To Wayne & family of Mary Lou
    Sorry we were not able to attend the services. Much too young to pass but it is God’s plan. May she rest in peace. God Bless!

  14. Lila and Larry Venjohn

    Dear Wayne and family,
    We were so sad to hear of your Mary Lou’s sudden passing. We have many fond memories of the two of you while we lived in Albertville many years ago. We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless.


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