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David Piere

David William Piere, 79, of Winthrop, Minn., formerly of the Hewitt/Verndale area, quietly finished his life's journey on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Center, Winthrop, after a brief battle with cancer.

David was surrounded by his family as he gently took God's hand. He attained the age of 79 years, 10 months and 6 days.

David was born March 11, 1930 on the Piere family farm, Bartlett Township, Todd County, to Ernest and Emma (Peka) Piere. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He attended District 112 country school and then Bertha High School graduating 1948. David served in the Army from 1951 to 1953, stationed in Germany.

David met Marlene M. Ganske at the Clarissa Ballroom in 1953 and they were joined in marriage Sept. 27, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran, Hewitt. David and Marlene shared 50 years together before she passed Nov. 17, 2004. They made their home in St. Paul after marriage where he worked as a mason. They returned to Bartlett Township in 1955 operating a dairy farm for 41 years. In 1997 they moved to rural Winthrop.

David will be remembered for his kindness and ability to touch those around him with his appreciation of life. He took pride in caring for his animals, especially his Holstein cattle. In the 41 years at the Bartlett farm he created a beautiful stone fence, a tribute to his patience and skill. He loved gardening, his chickens, flower beds, concertina music, and the many dogs that shared his life.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Winthrop with the Rev. Ron Huberty celebrating the Mass. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday and for one hour prior to the time of service on Friday at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Winthrop. There will be a rosary at 5 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m., both Thursday at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Winthrop. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Casket bearers will be his four sons and his neighbors, David Hahn and Jimmy Bauer. Honorary casket bearers will be his many friends who thought so highly of him. A reading will be done by his close friend Dean Conklin, who shared many visits with David. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook go to

Survivors include his sons and spouses, David Jr. and Doreley of Carlos, Daniel and Pat of Wadena, Joseph and Marge of Andover, and Duane and Vickie of Winthrop; brother, Lawrence Piere of Verndale; brother-in-law, Raymond Lubke of Billings, Mont.; brother- and sister-in-law Harold and Ethel Roth of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Maybelle Ganske of Bertha; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his good canine buddy, Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; parents, Ernie and Emma; sister, Mavis Lubke; brother, John, in infancy; and grandson, Travis Piere.