KAREN “TOOTS” TURCHI

K. Turchi webphotoToots Turchi, of the Day area, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 70 years old.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 29, 2010 at the Siloa Lutheran Church of Braham with Pastor Dale Swan presiding.

VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

A luncheon and celebration of Toots’ life will follow, after the service, at the Braham Moose Lodge.

Karen Marie “Toots” Turchi was born November 1, 1940 to Otto and Norma (Johnson) Wilner in Litchfield, Minnesota. She was the third of four children. She attended country school in Grove City, MN through eighth grade. She graduated from Cosmos High School in southwestern MN. Toots received her degree as a Lab Technician at PBI in Minneapolis, MN.

Toots married Robert George “Bob” Turchi on February 8, 1964 in Northwood, Iowa. They lived in the Minneapolis area until July 1971, then moved to their current farm in Braham, MN. This is where they raised their 5 children. Toots taught Bob how to farm.

Toots worked for a pediatrician, (Dr. Craig), in St. Louis Park, MN until her first child was born. She took care of her family at home until her youngest child went to school and then had various jobs. One of which was working as a bartender, cook, and waitress at the Dusty Eagle in Dalbo, MN. She touched many lives and made many friends over the years at this job.

Toots’ family was the most important thing in her life and they all knew how much she loved them. She was also an incredible athlete. They didn’t have girl’s sports when she was in high school, so she decided to become a cheerleader. She was also Homecoming Queen. In her adult years, she played softball on the Dalbo team until her mid forties when she decided to hang up her glove. She was her children’s and grandchildren’s biggest sports fan and during their games, they could hear her cheering them on. She had a great passion for horses and flowers. After they moved to the farm, it didn’t take her long to get her first horse. She always had a flower garden and got her green thumb from her mom. She loved playing cards. Everyone who played cards with her knew how good she was, because she usually won. She was also known as the “hat lady”. It was very rare to see her without a goofy hat on.

Toots passed away in her home, surrounded by her husband and children on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 after a long, courageous, 4 year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 70 years old.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Toots is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bob; five children Robyn (Luke) Vidor of Dayton, MN; Robert Jr. (Donna) Turchi of Stanchfield, MN; Tony (Connie) Turchi of Dalbo, MN; Rita Turchi of Braham, MN; and Paulina (Kevin) Londgren of Braham, MN; Nine grandchildren Jamie, Josh, Derek, and Tyler Vidor, Jeremy and Nathan Jorgensen; Ryan Dahleimer, Alex and Mya Londgren; two sisters Myrna Syverson and Mary (Dan) Daly; brother Ole (Pat) Wilner; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Toots will be missed by all who knew her.

14 guestbook entries for KAREN “TOOTS” TURCHI

  1. Bob & Carolyn Peterson November 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    We were so sorry to hear about Tootsie. Thinking of her has brought back many fond memories. Please extend our condolences to her family. I know she will be missed very much.

    Bob Peterson

  2. Earle & Donna Benson November 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

    Earle and Donna

  3. Kirsten and Joey Patalano November 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. What a great woman! We loved seeing her whenever she was in San Diego. We hope you find some peace and cherish the many fond memories of her. Much love to you all.

  4. Casey Stuefen November 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    I’ve never met anyone like Toots, such an amazing, strong woman. I feel very fortunate that I got to meet and know her!
    Every memory/story of her puts a smile on my face!
    My deepest sympathy goes out to her awesome, amazing family! She will be deeply missed!!

  5. Marshall & Karyn Peters November 29, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    Our sympathy goes out to the family. Toots is in our thoughts and you’re in our prayers.

    Marshall & Karyn Peters

  6. Beth Erickson (Wendberg) November 29, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Turchi family~ I’m so very very sorry to have heard of Toots passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
    I’m sure my dad has all ready shown her around heaven.
    May her memories fill your minds and may God heal your hearts.
    Hugs to you all ~ Beth

  7. Mike & Cathy Greeley November 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON.

  8. Ann Peterson (Wendberg) November 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Dearest Turchi Family,
    I am so sorry for your terrible loss. It is a loss to
    everyone who knew her. Her laugh……I can still
    hear it. I loved it. I LOVED playing on the Dalbo
    Ladies Softball team. So much fun. She was the
    queen of fun.

    Our families shared so many fun times together.
    Our farms united us. I still remember the train trip
    to Duluth to visit your grandparents. They made us
    feel like part of their family.

    I am so sorry that I missed her service. I heard
    that there was standing room only for all those
    who were there to show their love for her. She
    touched so many. She will be missed. You all
    have my deepest sympathies.

  9. DeeDee (Wendberg) Johnson November 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    What an arm that woman had! What a heart that woman had! What a sense of humor that woman had! I heard about Toot’s funeral today-after the funeral! Hugs & prayers to her family from both Randy and me! We’ll miss Ma! Love to you all. DeeDee

  10. Ann Peterson (Wendberg) November 30, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    Ann

  11. Patti and Denny Bjorklund November 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Denny and I want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Toots was a great lady and loved by all. Whenever I see a crazy hat I think of all the “Marie’s” and the softball tournament. Toots will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Marlene and Darwin Nelson November 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  13. Keith Carlson November 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Dear Turchi and Wilner Families,

    My heart sank when I received Red’s call about Tootsie. My thoughts and prayers have been with you guys ever since. Toots was one of the best, coolest and most fun personalities I ever met. From “chair dancing” after the Atwater softball tourney (1983) thru winning the pfeffer (sp?) tourney after the Victoria tourney (2009). All you folks are the best. And she was the best of the best!

    Boy, will I miss her laugh . . .

  14. Tony Beechler, San Diego November 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    She was a very kind person It was so great to be around her and the rest of the family whenever they came to town. She always made you feel welcomed.

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