Obituary

Luella Ida Alma Koehler
Luella Ida Alma Koehler
Get Notifications:
Get Notifications:

Luella Ida Alma Koehler, 96, of Rochester, was called home to Heaven, Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Rochester Rehabilitation and Living Center. She was blessed to have with continual visits from family for her last days on earth and her daughter was by her side to the very end.

She was born April 6, 1925, near Merrill, Wisconsin, to Edward and Martha (Marnholtz) Wanless. She graduated from Merrill High School and married Chester William Koehler on August 21, 1943 in Highland Park, IL. The couple had 6 children together and moved to Rochester in 1954. Luella worked at Skippers Diner in Merrill for a number of years and also worked for Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney's, but her main career in life was always taking care of her children and grandchildren.

Luella is survived by her son James (Beverly) of Maricopa, AZ, and sons: Larry (Linda) and Duane (Suzanne), and daughter Susan, all of Rochester; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren with 1 more on the way; her sister Ruth of Schofield, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Chester, daughters Shirley and Carol, brother William "Bud", and sister Doris.

When Luella's daughter Carol passed away in 1991, Carol's daughter Katrinna moved in with her who she helped raise as one of her own.

One thing Luella was never known for was being bored. She always kept busy with her plastic canvas needlepoint, Yahtzee, word games, and playing cards with her family. And she always made sure to keep up with what was happening on the Young and the Restless on TV, but if that wasn't on she was most likely enjoying the game show network. She was passionate about collecting Beanie Babies and made many friends through that passion. She went on 2 cruises with her family that were some of her favorite moments of her life, but if you wanted to bring a smile to her face just take her out for some ice cream!

Luella kept involved at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester and was always glad to see her family fill up a pew or two. Her faith in God was a guiding principle in her life and something she always hoped to pass on to her children and grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Rochester Rehabilitation and Living Center for the tremendous care they provided her for the last 4 1/2 years, and also would like to thank Seasons Hospice for the compassion they showed us all.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 222 6th Ave SW, Rochester, with Reverend Joel Haak officiating. Visitation with family and friends will take place an hour before at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Koehler family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

Services

Visitation

Jan
6
Thursday
Trinity Lutheran Church
222 6th Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Directions sent!

Email Directions

Enter an email address below.
Please separate multiple emails with a coma.

Text Directions

Enter a mobile number below

Service

Jan
6
Thursday
Trinity Lutheran Church
222 6th Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902
11:00 AM

Directions sent!

Email Directions

Enter an email address below.
Please separate multiple emails with a coma.

Text Directions

Enter a mobile number below

D Dotty Willkomm on Jan 12, 2022

Luella was always such a sweet lady when we were neighbors on 23 St. She took such good care of her grandchildren. I know she'll be missed. My sympathy to the family.

Dotty Willkomm

S Steve Dobson on Jan 6, 2022

Duane and family, my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. I pray that she has been reunited with her loved ones in heaven!

B Beth Gransee on Jan 4, 2022

Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.
Beth & Dave Gransee

J Jerry Porter on Jan 3, 2022

Duane, I am so sorry for your loss. Be taking especially good care of yourself as this new normal unfolds. With shared love, Jerry PorterMarshPorterMarshPorter

Videos

Photos

Add a photo
Iframe toggler
Send Sympathy Gifts
Find Us On Facebook
Plan Ahead

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Luella Ida Alma Koehler

Add to Your Calendar

Luella Ida Alma Koehler

Obit Checkin

Get Obituary Notifications

We will notify you soon.

Grief Support

Luella Ida Alma Koehler

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Get SMS Notifications

You will receive a notification text whenever there's an update to this obituary.

Thank you for sharing!

Care, Commitment, and Compassion. Our funeral directors are here for you 24/7.