Tafel, Vicki Lee


Vicki Lee Tafel, 73, of Winona, died on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at St. Anne Extended Health Care. She was born on October 17, 1946, in Eau Claire, Wis., to to Roy and Effie (Eickright) Tafel. She graduated from high school in Eau Claire. Vicki married Bernard Merchlewitz Sr. on April 20, 1963. They had four children, Milissa, Bernard Jr., Joezetta, and Johnny. They later divorced.

In Vicki’s free time she enjoyed arts and crafts, playing cards and games, as well as cooking. She loved her grandkids more than anything. These three traits were put on full display at Christmas when Vicki would host her family. Her house was decorated elegantly, the food was delicious and of course there was more than enough love to go around for her kids and grandkids. That was her happy place.

Vicki is survived by her children, Milissa Bornholdt, Bernard (Chantelle) Merchlewitz Jr., Joezetta McKee, Johnny Merchlewitz; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother; and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

A burial will be held at 11:20 a.m. on Monday, August 17, at Oakland Cemetery in Stockton with a celebration of her life starting at 1 p.m. at 4795 12th Street, Goodview, Minn., 55987 (Bernie’s house). Memorials may also be sent to the same address. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Vicki and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.


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