Deloris ‘Toots’ Coil of Willmar, formerly of Lake Lillian died September 20th, 2018, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. A private family graveside service was held. There will be a gathering (reception) with the family from on 2-4 PM, Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the City Center in Lake Lillian. A Luncheon will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Lake Lillian Cemetery Association, Rice Memorial Hospice, American Cancer Society or donor’s choice.
She was born September 2, 1925 in Morgan, Minnesota to Hazel (Rappath) and John Gerstenkorn. Her family moved to Lake Lillian in 1927 when her father purchased a Café from Axel Lundquist. Her dad nicknamed her “Toots” as a young girl.
Deloris attended grade school in Lake Lillian and graduated from Bird Island High School in 1942. She talked fondly of her time in high school, specifically her favorite subjects of geography and bookkeeping. Upon graduating from high school, Deloris was employed at Erickson’s Store in Lake Lillian until 1943 when she moved to Minneapolis to work at Northwestern National Bank. In 1945 during World War II, she was provided the opportunity to go to Washington, D. C. to work temporarily at the Pentagon Building doing clerical work. When the war was over, she transferred to the Department of Agriculture. Due to the poor health of her mother and father, she returned to Lake Lillian and began working as a teller for Edward Erickson at the First State Bank. She continued to work there until the birth of her first son, Mark.
Deloris married Clytus Coil on July 6, 1952. To this union was born seven children. She was a loving, stay-at-home mother who was always in the kitchen cooking and baking to ensure the kitchen was always full of food! Raising her family was her full-time job but when summer jobs started for her kids, ‘Toots’ was busy making 150 sandwiches a week for the boys when they were working for Green Giant, the other kids de-tasseling corn, plus preparing Dad’s daily meals, as well as supper for the family. She was also able to find time to can and process Dad’s garden produce.
Deloris enjoyed music (especially hymns), reading, old movies, crossword puzzles, playing cards, sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, playing table games with her grandchildren, and welcomed the chance to be engaged in conversation with anyone who would talk about “the old times”, plus conversations with strangers and finding a common bond with them.
She could beat anyone in a round of Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. Deloris and Clytus’ favorite retirement activity was traveling to visit their children and their grandchildren.
Deloris was a member of Bomsta-Johnson Legion Post Auxiliary and the Rural Letter Carriers Association Auxiliary. She was a member of United Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid and the Rachel Circle.
Deloris is survived by her six children, Mark (Carol) Coil of Bovey, MN; Jon (Judy) Coil of Kelliher, MN; Marlene (Ed) Lofgren of Haviland, KS; Jean (Robbie) Callisto of Crosby, MN; Dean (Lupita) Coil of Chihuahua, Mexico; Brian (Tanatporn) Coil, of Chiang Mai, Thailand; 14 grandchildren-Ryan and Reed Coil; Samuel, Rachel, Joshua, Andrew, Anna, Jonathan, Bethany, Elizabeth Lofgren; Aracely and Martha Coil; and Valentin (June), Sompong (Joey) and Jessada (JC) Coil, along with 8 great grandchildren-Addison, Kinley, Zander Lofgren; Grant and MacKenzie Lofgren; Hazel McBride; Aurora Lofgren; and Henry Oliver Coil.
Deloris is proceeded in death by her husband, an infant son, her mother and father, and her brother, Allen Gerstenkorn.
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