Colleen P. Ethen, 75

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 22, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud, for Colleen P. Ethen, 75, of Sartell, formerly of Elk River, who died December 18, 2012. The Reverend Jeff Ethen will officiate. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery.

Visitation will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud from 4:00-8:00 PM on Friday, with parish prayers at 4:00 PM. Visitation will continue from 9:00-10:00 AM on Saturday at the church.

Colleen was born on March 10, 1937, in Evansville, to George and Philomena (Wagner) Courrier. She married Bernard J. Schwartz on October 11, 1955, in Urbank. He preceded her in death on December 17, 1958. She married Dennis J. Ethen on September 2, 1961, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

Colleen worked for the Elk River School District as a paraprofessional for 20 years, retiring in 1997. She was active at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elk River.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s Christian Women, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, making greeting cards, dominoes, and time with friends and family.

Colleen is survived by: her children, Michael of Lakeville, Fr. Jeffrey of Clitherall, Catherine (Thomas) Bautch of St. Cloud, Stephen (Teresa) of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Paul Bautch, Anne Bautch (fiancé Brian Carroll), Laura Bautch, Caroline Ethen, Isabel Ethen; brother George Courrier.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Ethen (April 18, 2002), parents, siblings Cyrilla Bitzan, Agnes Winter, and Bruce Courrier.

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