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April 23, 1934 – August 2, 2023

Rachel Dean Nemitz (nee Owen), 89, of Buffalo, Minnesota, entered into God’s heavenly kingdom on August 2, 2023.

She was born April 23, 1934, in Box, Oklahoma, to Grace Lucille Snow and Alfred McKinley Owen.

Rachel was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Wayne Nemitz, Sr., and son Terry Lee Nemitz; parents Grace and
Alfred, and siblings Ida Mae Lowers (Robert), Arthur Loyd Owen (Betty), Ruby Gertrude Esterline (Raymond), Martha
Jane Geer (Homer “Ray”), Vivian Frances Courson (TJ), Eltrie Ina Imogene Smith (Billy), Alfred Arnold Owen (Patricia),
Mary Arlie Alice Lin (Charles), Grace Myrle Young (Roy), and Fayma Ruth Nelson (Robert).

Rachel is survived by sons Richard Wayne Nemitz, Jr. (Lynn) of Norwood/Young America, MN; Walter Owen Nemitz
(Faith) of Annandale, MN; and Michael Bryan Nemitz (Selam) of Otsego, MN; and daughters Kimberly Jean Jones (Don)
of Raleigh, NC; Dawn Susan Wozniak (Kip) of New Hope, MN; and Kelly Rae O’Brian (David) of Allen, TX; daughter-in-law: Lori, wife of Terry, of Odessa, MN; also survived by grandsons Dean William Nemitz of Hutchinson (partner Kristy), MN, Daniel Craig Nemitz (Shanna) of Hutchinson, MN,
and Benjamin Lee Nemitz Erickson (Catherine) of Woodbury, MN; granddaughters Melanie Christine Bakkene (Chad) of
Ham Lake, MN, Rachel Lee Erickson (Justin Rivet) of Minneapolis, MN, Marissa Kim Erickson of Minneapolis, MN; great
grandsons Nathaniel Dean Nemitz (Nikki), Owen Troy Erickson, and Sawyer Owen Nemitz, great granddaughters Olivia
Genevieve Bakkene and Briahna Avery Nemitz; and, great great grandson Whittaker Dean Nemitz. Additionally, she is
survived by many nieces and nephews.

Rachel was raised in Bakersfield, California, and graduated in 1952 from Arvin High School, Arvin, CA. As a young girl,
Rachel picked cotton, shelved books, babysat and packed fruit. As she grew to adulthood, she was a sales clerk and later
a secretary at Bank of America.

It was in California that Rachel met her husband, Richard “Dick” Nemitz. They were married in Reno, Nevada, on April
18, 1953. After Dick was discharged from the Marines (July 5, 1954), they moved to his home state of Minnesota. After
about 10 years living in several places, Rachel and Dick moved to a small farm outside of Cologne, MN, where they
raised their seven children. After Dick’s passing on May 3, 1990, Rachel moved to Norwood, MN, and then to Buffalo,
MN, where she resided until her passing.

Rachel spent the majority of her career years working for Starkey Laboratories in Eden Prairie, MN, as the Executive
Assistant to the company’s president. She closed out her career working as an executive secretary at Argosy Electronics.
Prior to Starkey, she worked at Hennepin Technical College, Rosemont, Inc. (both in the Eden Prairie area) and, located
in Cologne, MN, she worked at White Advertising where she met her dear friend, Jeanette Trantham.

Rachel had a passion for painting, writing poems, and reading. She enjoyed live theater, traveling, watching figure skating and professional tennis on TV, and of course, The Vikings! She often played a variety of games with her friends –
500 and Hand & Foot were two of her favorites – friends Judy, Chris, Elinor, and Ruby frequently met to play. She was
active in a writing club, volunteer at the Friends of the Buffalo Library, and she was a Red Hat Lady.

She could been seen monthly enjoying conversation and dinner with a group of her friends (Judy, Chris, Elinor, Claris,
Helen and Renelle) better known as the Creekside Chicks, a group of women who all lived in the Creekside subdivision in
Buffalo.
A Viewing/Visitation is being held from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, August 4, 2023, at Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave,
Buffalo, Minnesota, 55313.
The funeral service will be held at 9:30am (with additional viewing/visitation one hour prior). Interment will be at the
Morton City Cemetery in Morton, MN. Family and friends are invited and welcome to join in fellowship over a luncheon
following the interment at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 301 N Lincoln Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283.

 

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jeanette trantham

    Rachel was a beautiful amazing woman and my best friend for 56 years.
    My sincere sympathy to all of her wonderful family.
    I will miss her.
    My love to you all.

    Reply
  2. Darlene Bechtold

    When I first met Rachel, she was an instant friend. Rachel’s personality was fetching. If you met her, you instantly loved her, I don’t believe that I had ever before met such a talented person. I know that during the Coved time she painted a picture every day. She often graced our local papers with her meaningful writings. Her family meant the world to her. Our community will
    certainly miss her smiling face.
    Darlene

    Reply
  3. Jeanette trantham

    Rachel was an amazing, beautiful woman and my dearest friend.
    My sincere sympathy and love to her family.
    I will miss her.

    Reply

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