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Obituary: Beverly Thraen

Beverly Dee Thraen was born on June 4, 1927 in Slayton, Minnesota to Herman and Gertrude (Ada) Shults Smestad. Bev grew up in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School in 1944. On April 7, 1951 she and Raymond Thraen were married in Sioux Fall, SD. Following their marriage they made their home in Slayton and raised their three daughters. In 2004 Bev moved to the Maplewood Assisted Living Apartments in Fulda. In February 2005 Bev became a resident of the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda and passed away there on September 8, 2008 at the age of 81. She was a member of St. Ann's Church in Slayton and was active in the W.C.C.W. Bev also was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Survivors include her three daughters and their spouses, Cheryl and Don Klein of Dell Rapids, SD, Candyce and Tom Curtis of Eden Valley, MN, and Robyn and Doug Lubben of Fulda, MN, ten grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at St. Ann's Church on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:30 AM with Fr. Patrick Arens officiating. Interment is at St. Ann's Cemetery, Slayton, MN.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton from 4-7 PM with a 4:30 PM CDA rosary and a 7:00 PM prayer service. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Sign online guestbook at