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January 21, 1925 – June 17, 2022

Doris Mae (Foss) Luedke, at age 97.5 of Winsted, MN died June 17, 2022 at The Gardens in Winsted, MN.

Doris was born in Blue Earth, MN to Cyril and Ange Foss on January 21, 1925. She finished primary and secondary schooling and went on to Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis and achieved her graduate degree.

She married Clarence Krause in July 1948. Two children born to that union are: Gregory, 1949; and Deborah, 1950. Doris and Clarence Krause divorced. She returned to college to gain a secretarial skill with a focus on insurance to support her children. Doris had a successful work-life with the Sterner Insurance Agency in Winsted.

In 1968, Doris married the love of her life, Clarence Luedke. They were dedicated to each other, their faith and blending their mixed families…it all worked! Everyone loved them and their super dynamic life and blending family was seamless as it grew with new marriages, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Doris was well known in her community and her church, St. John’s Lutheran. She taught Sunday School, was a member of the Lutheran Women’s League, sang in the church choir, and enveloped herself in countless charity projects.

Within the past few years, most all people in Winsted knew her as the “Hat Lady,” but earlier the “Cake Lady” had been her moniker, as well as the “Quilt Lady.” An active woman can’t be 97 years old without some very identifiable monikers! Her family acknowledges her church and all of Winsted for the support and good life given to and shared with Doris Luedke!

Doris is survived by: son Greg (Kathy) Krause; daughter Debi Anderson; grandchildren Heather Augdahl (Jon); Heidi van Goor (Nick); Ange Krause (Brian Mann); Andy Krause (Cozette); great grandchildren Emma and Gretchen Augdahl; Sylvia, Nathan and Sebastian van Goor; Olivia, Alaska and Finn Krause; Gavin Krause-Opitz; sister Barb Wetzell; step families of Sharon (Scott) Iversen and Randall (Diane) Mielke; many nieces and nephews of the Hecksel and Wetzell families; special friend Ruth Baird.

Preceding her in death were: her parents; husband Clarence Luedke; brother Stanley Foss and his wife Emma; son-in-law Sandy Anderson; special friends Lue and Ken Lehner; and her life-friend Luella Hecksel.





3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Deacon Michael Thoennes

    I always found Doris a very friendly and fun-loving woman. She always seemed to have a smile on her face and many a time as she walked in downtown Winsted we’d have a gabfest!

    I knew her for over 40 years and will cherish the memoires; My condolences to all the family members and friends.

  2. Timothy Emery

    Greg & Debi
    Sorry to hear of Doris’s Passing. I didn’t know about it until today. I often think of you guy’s and the fun we had as kids. Your mom was always real nice to me. Boy was that a long time ago. I remember catching a ride from her on Fri. Nights after the show.

  3. Donna Machemehl

    Debi and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Doris as a great lady with many talents. She made Kori’s confirmation cake and other beautiful cakes. Always enjoyed her hats made to order, with a beautiful smile. Cherish the many wonderful memories you and your family have. God Bless!’
    Ralph, Donna & family


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