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Alvira Papenfuss

August 27, 1935 ~ August 9, 2022 (age 86)


Alvira Papenfuss, age 86 of New York Mills, Minnesota passed away on August 9, 2022 at Mills Manor in New York Mills.

Alvira Mary Wulf was born on August 27, 1935, to George and Helen (Neels) Wulf in Ottertail, Minnesota. She was raised on the family farm near Butler, Minnesota. She attended Frazee High School graduating with the class of 1953. After high school Alvira worked at Grand View Heights Resort until they closed for the season.

Alvira was united in marriage to Edward Herman Papenfuss on October 8, 1953, at Spruce Grove Union Church, rural Menahga, Minnesota.  Their marriage was blessed with five children. They farmed for a while when they were first married. The family moved to Farwell, Minnesota from 1968 until 1973. In Farwell, she was the Town Constable for three years. In 1973, the family moved to New York Mills, and she worked at Homecrest Outdoor Living for ten years.

Alvira enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Alvira is preceded in death by her husband, her parents George and Helen, and infant son Gregory.

Surviving Alvira are her children: Gayle Schmidt of Wadena, Thomas (Sheri) Papenfuss of New York Mills, Jerry (Elvira) Papenfuss of Yelleville, Arkansas and Wendy (Peter) Bosl of Long Prairie; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; siblings many other relatives and a host of friends.

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August 12, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church (New York Mills, Minnesota)

Memorial Service
August 12, 2022

11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church (New York Mills, Minnesota)

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