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July 12, 2013

Twyla Grefe

—   Twyla Grefe, age 59, of St. James, died on Thursday,  July 11, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System- St. James.

 Funeral services will be 2:30pm, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. K. Christian Johnson officiating. Burial will be at St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery near Northrop. Visitation will be SUNDAY from 4-8pm at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday. Memorials are preferred to the TMG Scholarship Fund at Pioneer Bank in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

 Twyla Marie Grefe was born January 17, 1954, in Fairmont, MN, the daughter of Arthur and Norma (Becker) Grefe. She grew up in the Truman area where she graduated from Truman High School. She then attended Beauty School in Mankato. In 1975, she moved to St. James and went to work for the Fashion Flair in St. James. In 1977, she went to work for Mavis & Harley Waltjer at Lords and Ladys, she took over ownership in 2003.

 Twyla was a very generous giving person and active in the community. She established the TMG Scholarship in 2012 and it was awarded to a very deserving young man. She started the luncheons to promote the hanging baskets in the downtown area, and was active with Habitat for Humanity in St. James, and was a supporter of the swimming pool & pool slide project.

 She enjoyed flower gardening, fishing, hosting parties on her screened in porch, traveling, shopping, vacationing with Shyanna and spending time with family and friends. Twyla was part of the Christmas Home Tour and also the Spring Garden Tour.

 Twyla is survived by her mother; Norma Grefe of Truman, 2 brothers; Bryce Grefe and his wife Karen Griffin of Weymouth, MA, Mark Grefe and his wife Sandy of Truman, and  her daughter by love; Shyanna Mosser of St. James. She is preceded in death by her father in 2005.


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