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Ethel Maves

February 1, 1924 — April 14, 2012

Ethel Anna (Holmer Gotschy) Maves, 88, formerly of Frazee, MN, passed away peacefully, with her daughter at her side, Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, MN. Burial will follow the service at the church cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee from 5-7:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. To leave on-line condolences, visit

Ethel Anna (Holmer/Gotschy) Maves was the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Daubenspeck) Holmer, born on February 1, 1924. She attended rural schools in the Frazee area. Her first job was as a cook at Thompson Ice Cream Parlor in Detroit Lakes, MN. She was a good cook and made many delicious pies.

She married Lawrence Wenzel Gotschy on June 25, 1946. They lived in Frazee. Lawrence passed away July 9, 1980. Ethel did daycare in her home for many years. She then went on to work at the Frazee Care Center when it opened. She later worked for Emmanuel Nursing Home and after that she became a Home Health Provider.

Ethel married Lester Maves September 12, 1987. They lived in rural Frazee until moving to Frazee Assisted Living in Frazee October 2006. Lester died in December 2006. Ethel entered Emmanuel Nursing Home in November 2010, where she died.

Ethel was a very good seamstress, sewing for many people and making wedding dresses for her sisters. She enjoyed being close to her family: Elaine, Sheila (Norman) Bakke and great-granddaughters Marissa and McKenzie. She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her daughter Elaine Eilders; granddaughter Sheila (Norman) Bakke; great-granddaughters, Marissa and McKenzie Bakke, all of Frazee, MN; three sisters, Betty Palmer of Perham, MN, Alice Arndt of Bemidji, MN and Donna Luptak of Bismarck, ND; two brothers, Harry (Donna) Holmer of Silver Bay, MN, Richard (Marjorie) Holmer of Topeka, KS; sisters-in-law LaVern Holmer of Park Rapids, MN, Betty Holmer of Frazee, MN and Vivian Holmer of Frazee, MN, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by spouses Lawrence and Lester; son-in-law Barry Eilders; sisters, Lucille and Evelyn; brothers, Leonard, Vernon, Elmer, Donald, Robert and Jerome.
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