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Alice Ruth Vinar

January 8, 1937 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 82)

Alice R. Vinar, 82 of rural Watkins, went home to the Lord on Thursday, April 18, 2019.   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Ostmark Lutheran Church in rural Watkins.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Ostmark Lutheran Church.  Pastor Joseph Midthun will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ostmark Lutheran Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Ertl Funeral Home, Watkins.


Alice was born on January 8, 1937 at her family farm near Watkins.  She was born to her parents, Proctor and Clara (Olson) McKinzie.  She joined her brothers and sisters, Helen and Betty, Kenneth, Percy and Palmer.  Her sister, Judy would join the family later.  Alice attended country school and then went on to Kimball High School.  In her early years she joined 4-H, softball and church activities.  It was thru these activities that she met the love of her life, Duane J. Vinar, Sr.  Their relationship would span over 68 years.  Duane and Alice were married on November 21, 1953 at Ostmark Lutheran Church.


Their marriage was blessed with 8 children.  As the family grew, Alice and Duane always made time to spend with their children.  During the summer, you could find the family in a game of softball.  Winter time would find Alice playing board games and cards with her children.  With the large family, she spent many hours in the kitchen cooking and baking.  She worked along side Duane on many hobbies: raising Labrador dogs, raising ducks, geese, pheasants and chickens, or staining and varnishing cabinets Duane built.  She enjoyed exhibiting “International” toys at thrashers and toy shows.  They had a common bond of their love for dancing the polka and waltzes with family and friends. 


After her children were raised and on their own, Alice worked for the Kingston Mini-Mart, Litchfield Woolen Mills and Econo Foods.  She enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing, bowling and spending time with family and friends.  She had been active with Ostmark Lutheran Church including being on the Church Council and WELCA treasurer for many years.  She served on many offices thru the Bowling Association, Litchfield Blues Association and Game Breeders Club.  Alice was inducted in the Wright County Bowling Hall of Fame in May 2007.  Alice was diagnosed with Dementia in 2009 in which time Duane became her caregiver.


Alice is survived by her husband of 65 years, Duane, Sr.; children and their spouses: Debbie (Rodger) Lehr of Litchfield, Diana (Rocky) Johanneck of Litchfield, Duane Jr. (Jilane) Vinar of Watkins, Donna (Jim) Kuehl of Hutchinson, Dwight (Diana) Vinar of Kimball, Dorothy (Doug) Krogen of Marshall, Doris (Dan) Lundin of Dassel, Delayne (Trent) Johnson of Lakeville;18 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great granddaughter; sister, Judy (Don) Hasti of Rochester; her co-worker and friend, Sandy Smith, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, and son-in-law, Daniel.

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