Mae Guza, age 82, of Russell, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017, at her home in Russell with family at her side. Memorial Services are 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. Private interment will be in the St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno, Minnesota. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Sunday at the Hamilton Funeral Home.
Clergy Officiating: Pastor Bruce Drackley
Organist: Beth Erdmann
Congregational Hymns: How Great Thou Art
Special Music: Amazing Grace by Samantha Carlson, soloist
Honorary Urn Bearers: Jacqueline Guza, Jessica Kepler, Ashley Griffin, Alexis Ashburn, Colton Haugen, Dakota Haugen
Mae Hellvig was born August 18, 1935, on the family farm in Island Lake Township, Minnesota. She was one of 11 children born to Frank and Annie (Kindler) Hellvig. Mae was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Island Lake Township. She attended school at Public Hill Country School and then helped her folks on the family farm. She stared working for Swifts Turkey Plant at the age of 15.
In 1957, Mae was married to Norman Haugen in Minneota and they had one son, Robert. In 1967, Mae was united in marriage to Stanley Guza in Marshall. The couple lived in Russell while Mae continued her many roles at Swifts. Mae and Stanley raised two boys: Bennie, and Ronnie. Mae continued to live in Russell after Stanley died and stayed at the turkey plant for over 52 years before retiring.
Mae enjoyed fishing, trying her luck at the casino, and motorcycle trips to Sturgis, South Dakota. She was a past member of the Roaring Lyons. Mae truly just loved to be at home surrounded by the family she loved so much.
Mae Guza died on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the age of 82 years and 21 days. Blessed be her memory.
Mae is survived by her 3 sons, Robert (and Becky) Haugen of Cottonwood, Bennie (and Kristi) Guza of Olivia, Ronnie Haugen-Guza of Brewster; 4 grandchildren, Jacqueline Guza of Ingleside, IL, Jessica (and Justin) Kepler of Lonsdale, Ashley (and Peter) Griffin of Prior Lake, Alexis (and Austin) Ashburn of Belview, 8 great-grandchildren, Colton Haugen, Dakota Haugen, Hailey Kepler, Cody Kepler, Sophia Kepler, Lukas Kepler, Riley West, Killian Griffin; siblings, Elsie Hasert of Minneota, Agnes Boe of Lynd, Irene Petersen of Russell; special family member, Randy Johnson of Pillager; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Mae is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Annie Hellvig; husband, Stanley Guza; grandson, Daniel Haugen; great-granddaughter, Kaile Haugen; and 7 siblings, Mary Rasmussen, Leo Hellvig, Jake Hellvig, George Hellvig, Andrew Hellvig, Elizabeth Sullivan, Annabelle Gregg; and special friend, Richard “Dick” Drown.