Deanna L. Voth, 80
Windom/Blue Earth – Deanna Louise Voth of Windom, passed away on Dec. 12, 2020 at the age of 80. All who knew her agree that she was the sweetest, kindest, most generous person, beautiful inside and out.
Deanna was proceeded in death by her mother, Dena Howard; her father, Cecil Howard; and her beloved siblings, Edna, Annabelle (Ann), Art, Eva (Eve), Jacquelynne (Jackie), Genevieve (Gen), Donna (Doodie), Kathryn (Snookie), Richard (Dick) and Thomas.
She is survived by her loving husband, Paul Voth; two sons, Paul Voth (Cindy) and Tom Voth (Jody), daughter, Lynda Treanor (Jeff); four grandchildren, Sam Voth, Laura Krumwiede (Duke), Joe Voth, Jack Treanor; and her great-grandchildren Jersey Krumwiede and baby Krumwiede to arrive in March.
Deanna Louise Howard was born on Nov. 21, 1940, and raised in Blue Earth, with her mom and sisters. She graduated from Blue Earth High School and was a cheerleader. She met Paul John Voth in high school through her friend Lois, who was Paul’s cousin. They started dating, and even worked together at the Green Giant canning factory.
Paul and Deanna were high school sweethearts, married on Nov. 28, 1959 and have been married for 61 years. They moved to Windom right after they got married. When they started out, Paul worked in a body shop and Deanna worked as a secretary at Schweitzer’s.
Paul and Deanna have three children, Paul Jr, born in 1962, Thomas born in 1963, and Lynda born in 1965. They bought their home in 1962, raised their kids and have lived there since.
Deanna had a variety of jobs throughout her life; When her kids were little, she stayed home to raise them. She worked at Montgomery Ward, she started her own business, Hillcrest Pet Grooming, and she ended her career as a pharmacy tech at Lewis Drug and at the Windom Hospital.
Deanna was a hard worker, but the most important thing to her was her family. Mom provided unconditional love and support to her children and grandchildren. She was the go-to person for fixing anything, from boo boos to broken zippers to broken hearts. She always had the best advice, which was given with an abundance of love, caring and realism. She loved babies, kids, and animals, especially her dogs Cookie and Suzie. She loved spending time with family and was usually up for anything as long as we were together. Playing cards, fishing, snowmobiling and mostly just visiting, she provided a lot of smiles and laughter. One of her favorite things was for her and Lynda to stay in their jammies and watch flea market flip or project runway and just talk and laugh. It is hard to express in words what a wonderful, sweet, kind, loving, smart, funny, and beautiful person she was. But everyone who knows her understands what we are talking about. She always had a glint in her eyes, a smile on her face and gave the best hugs.
Deanna’s pride and joy was her three-year-old great-granddaughter Jersey. She watched Jersey at least once a week and going to “Gigi’s” house was Jersey’s favorite day. They had many tea parties together and grew a very special bond. “Gigi days” will be so missed by Jersey, but she was blessed to have her unconditional love for three years.
Mom had so many talents; seamstress, crafter, painter, baker, cook, furniture refinisher, gardener and maker of a beautiful, cozy, and loving home. Mom was also very humble, and I don’t think she ever realized how smart and funny she was.
Deanna had a close circle of friends that she loved and met for coffee every week. Marylee Raverty has been her best friend for decades, they spoke daily and were like sisters.
Deanna was very active in her church for many years, having taught Sunday school when her kids were little and served on many committees including alter guild and funeral service. Her faith was the cornerstone of her life, and she taught us all to love God and hang on to our faith.
She will be missed beyond measure.
Deanna will be cremated. Due to current Covid restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be scheduled at a later date when everyone can safely gather together. The family wants to thank everyone for their kindness and support.