Marie Elizabeth Neeb (Martius), age 89, of Worthington, MN passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington. Marie was born on May 7, 1930, in Springfield, MN, the daughter of Paul and Bertha (Karrow) Martius. Marie was united in marriage to Donald Neeb on June 8, 1948. They farmed in Sanborn, MN before moving to Worthington in 1965.
After moving to Worthington, while raising her eight children, Marie worked at Michael’s Steak House and Flower Lane. They then opened Neeb’s Downtown Flowers in 1987 until 1998. During those years, Marie won the Athena Award for excellence in leadership, courage, and honor. After retiring, Don and Marie traveled by motorhome for ten years before building a home in Lake Havasu City, AZ residing there from 1998 – 2007. They then moved back to Worthington. Marie’s passions were gardening, flowers, and her dog Soxy. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren immensely.
Marie is survived by her eight children, Steve (Diane) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Donald (Patty) of Mankato, MN, Sharon (Larry) Davis of Worthington, MN, David (Sally) of Custer, SD, Scott (Kim) of Mankato, MN, Laurie (Bruce) Pass of Worthington, MN, Teresa (Tom) Haberman of Brewster, MN, and Amy Charbouneau of Worthington, MN; 20 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and dog walker and friend, Teresa Hieronimus. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Don in 2013, her parents, and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN, with Father Jim Callahan officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Pall bearers will be Missy Bergeron-Neeb, Kelly Penkert, Michele Carlson, Jenny Stevenson, Jason Neeb, Alex Pass, David Haberman, and Sara Gonsior. Private family burial will be held at a later date in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Worthington.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.