Ethel K. (Traxler) Phelps, age 90, a resident of Lake Miltona, formerly of LeCenter, Minnesota, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at St. Williams Living Center in Parkers Prairie.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in LeCenter, Minnesota with Fr. Chris Shofner officiating. Music will be provided by the church organist. Burial will take place at St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery in rural LeCenter.
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.
Ethel Katherine Traxler was born July 2, 1920, to Felix and Henrietta (Baer) Traxler on the family farm in LeSueur County, Minnesota. She grew up in LeSueur and attended country school. Following her education she moved to St. Paul where she worked at International Harvester and also attended beauty school. She was united in marriage to Edward Fredrick Phelps in June of 1943, at the St. Paul Cathedral. Following their marriage they lived in Mankato and Ghent, Minnesota, While living in Ghent, they owned and operated The Tollhouse Supper Club. Following a tragic automobile accident, she and her family found solace by spending summers on Lake Miltona. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River and a former member of St. Henry's Catholic Church in LeCenter. She was very involved with her children's activities, volunteering as a 4-H Leader and Boy Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching the sunset on Lake Miltona, socializing with friends and neighbors and playing cards with her grandchildren.
Ethel is survived by her son, Richard (Carol) Phelps of Coffeyville, Kansas; three daughters, Nancy (John) Thomas of Fremont, Indiana, Peggy (Jim) Dauphinais of Parkers Prairie and Katherine Phelps of Lake Miltona; sister, Marcella Hayden of LeSueur; 11 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
She is preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Edward Dennis, Gerard and Stephen; granddaughter, Rosanne Thomas; and 13 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Nathen Phelps, Richard Jason Phelps, Quinton Phelps, John A. Thomas, Jr., Jeff Hyde and Anne Dauphinais. Honorary pallbearers will be Sara Louma, Molly Kenyon and Ellen Dauphinais.