by Sarah Squires
Rachael L. (Stephens) Pflughoeft, age 68, of Mankato, Minn. and formerly of Winona, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014, at the Green Lea Manor in Mabel, Minn.
She was born on May 19, 1946, in Winona, to Robert and Margaret “Dolly” (Brose) Stephens.
Rachael will be remembered for her love of doing crafts and the time she spent with her family and friends. Although Rachael had many struggles in her life, her heart was full of love for her family and friends, and she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Rachael is lovingly survived by her children, Stacy (Bill) Rossin, Winona, Gary (Kendra) Pflughoeft, Fort Collins, Colo., Karla (Phillip) Jelliffe, Novelty, Ohio, and Brian (Angel) Weber, Sanborn, Minn.; grandchildren, Tara (Adam) Rossin, Aimee (Joey) Rossin, Samantha (Brandon) Rossin, Aubrey (John) Reed, Amanda Rossin, Logan Jelliffe, Christian, Deena, Eva and Fara Weber; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Kort Bellman, and Jordyn Taverna; sisters, Sharon (Dave) Martin, Tess (Dave) Holzer, and Paula Stephens, all of Winona, and Sara (Ken) Fabian, Canton, Minn.; brother, Tom Stephens, Winona; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Maelyn Fabian.
Visitation will be held at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. The Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Hargesheimer will officiate.
Rachael will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in a private family ceremony.
Pallbearers will be Rachael’s grandchildren.
It is respectfully requested that memorials be directed to the Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 Second Street SW, Rochester, Minn., 55902.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Rachael’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.