Phyllis Deslauriers

Phyllis Deslauriers, age 84, of Canby, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby with Father Craig Timmerman as the Celebrant.

Visitation will be 3-8 pm on Friday at Birk Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home followed with procession to the church for mass. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Canby.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to donor’s choice.

Phyllis Ann Ruppert was born December 19, 1929 in Slayton, MN, the daughter of John and Theresa (Reiter) Ruppert. She received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN. In 1947, she graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary School and she was the Salutatorian of her class. After graduation, Phyllis started dating Norbert Deslauriers. While in Currie, Norbert farmed and Phyllis worked at the Paal Department Store from 1947-52. On April 15, 1952, she married Norbert at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie. They continued to live in the Currie area until 1956, which is when they relocated their family to a farm north of Canby.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and the 40 & 8 Auxiliary. Phyllis was a very devout Catholic and was active as a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Council for Catholic Women in Canby and the Catholic Daughters of America in Currie. Phyllis was KDMA’s Mother of the Year, she weaved more than 6000 rugs, made homemade soap, enjoyed crocheting and attending Saturday night dancing at the Gary American Legion with Norbert. She enjoyed Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. Phyllis was a devoted wife of 61 years, mother, grandmother and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Norbert and her entire family.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Norbert; sons, Myron (Lenae), Craig (Kirstian), Robert (Julie) and Donald (Tammy); daughters, Renee Schwebach, Theresa Bly, Jayne (Cal) Jeremiason, Madonna Andrews, Karen (Michael) Bekaert, Sarah Deslauriers (friend, Tom Sherman), Norberta Bekaert (friend, Leigh Mellendorf), Ann (Larry) Botten and Catherine (Perry) Fink; 35 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; brother, Melvin (JoEllyn) Ruppert; sister-in-law, Ethel Madson and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Joseph; daughter, Lucy; son-in-laws, Jim Schwebach and Tom Bly; grandson, Steve Bly.

Blessed be her memory.

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