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Doloris M. (Schultz) Roufs, age 101, formerly of Howard Lake (Winsted) and Le Sueur went to be with her beloved husband of 50 years, Cletus on September 28 surrounded by her daughters and son-in-law at the Arlington Good Samaritan Society where she had been a resident since March, 2022.

Doloris Martha was born on September 26, 1922, the oldest daughter and last surviving child of 10 children of William and Martha (Dose) Schultz in Glencoe. She was baptized and confirmed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She graduated from Stevens Academy (Glencoe High School) in 1940 the same year she was the State Champion Typist.

After graduation, she began work in Glencoe at the electric company and then as a legal secretary for the J.P. O’Hara Law Firm for a new attorney, Robert Sheran who went on to become Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

In 1942, she met Cletus Roufs of Winsted at Sherman Station (rural Winsted) where she and four of her friends went to a going-away party for several other friends who were entering the service. All five of them married the men they met for the first time that night! After converting to Catholicism, she and Cletus were married on June 5, 1945 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Winsted.

They then made their home and raised their four children in Le Sueur where they lived for 30 years until November of 1975. While there, she and Cletus were very involved in their church and community. They both sang in the St. Anne’s Church choir and were CCD teachers. Doloris was a legal secretary for 23 years for Arthur E Anderson, then became Deputy Clerk of District Court for Le Sueur County for several years. She then became Deputy Clerk of District Court for Scott County. After “retiring” from Scott County, she went back to being a legal secretary for the Jaspers Law firm in Shakopee and finished her career working for Attorney Patrick Leavitt at the age of 78! She and Cletus were avid square dancers and taught round dancing for 35+ years. The family enjoyed many years of camping all over Minnesota and Canada. They were also active supporters of all of the activities of their children.

In 1975, they moved to their new home on Lake Mary, northeast of Winsted where Doloris lived for 45 years. She was active in Holy Trinity Church for many of those years. She also enjoyed doing crafts and did many shows for 35 years until her last craft sale in Winsted in 2016 at the age of 94!

Her baked goods that she sold at the craft sales in Winsted and the many “Christmas goodies” she made for family and friends were legendary!

In May, 2020 at the age of 97 ½, she moved to Amberfield Place in Arlington (just 30 minutes from the Blue Note!) to be closer to family.

She is survived by her daughters, Romelle (Harlan) Quast of Gaylord, Rolayne Herrley of Shakopee and Mary Zernechel of Lake Crystal and by daughter-in-law Susan Roufs of Mankato and special sister-in-law Terry Roufs of New Ulm. She attended many activities of her 9 grandchildren – Jayson Roufs, Jennifer (Brian) Hansen, Michael Herrley, Anthony (Kristy) Herrley, Nicholas Herrley, William Zernechel, Scott Zernechel, Kelly (significant other, Chris Smith) Nilson and Kyle Quast.  She also leaves behind 13 great grandchildren and one bonus great-great grandson plus many nieces and nephews including god-children Rosemary Littfin, Daniel Stifter and Joan Mochinski,

Doloris was preceded in death by her husband Cletus in 1996, son Frederick in 2021 and sons-in-law Robin Zernechel in 2021 and Gerald Herrley in 2022. She was also preceded in death by her parents William and Martha, brothers S. Sgt. Vernon, baby Marvin, Willard (Donna), Donald and Harley (Jimmy) and sisters Ruth (Rich) Rabe, Carolyn (Walter) Plamann, Joyce (Lester) Rud and Marcene (Clifford) Briest and the Roufs “in-laws” Marietta (Mark) Littfin, Iona (Martin) Francis, Sr. Elizabeth Roufs O.S.B., Franklin Roufs, and Mae (Norbert) Stifter and their parents George and Agnes Roufs.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Arlington Good Samaritan and St. Croix Hospice for the care and compassion she received.

Memorials preferred to the Holy Trinity Education Fund or the Knights of Columbus Council #8253 (Winsted).

Cards may be sent to 46704-300th St., Gaylord, MN 55334.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements.  On-line condolences can be made at

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  1. Romelle, Harlan & Kyle

    We’ll love you forever, Mom!


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