AITKIN - Terry M. Watters, age 59, of Aitkin, formerly of Rockford, Ill., died Friday, March 20, 2009, at her home near Aitkin.
Terry was born Oct. 20, 1949, at Rockford, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Lois (Warnes) Lungstrom. She grew up and attended schools in Rockford, graduating from Boylan High School in 1967. She then attended Northern Illinois University for a time. She married Vern Watters on Aug. 14, 1995, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They came to the Aitkin area in 1994 and she finished her college degree in accounting at St. Cloud State University in 1996. She used this degree in the three businesses which they operated over the years. TEMCO was a welding and machine business and then in 1997 they started the Aitkin Rental Center. They had also been involved with the convenience store and gas station, "The Junction". Terry and Vern had the opportunity to travel to places throughout the world but appreciate the things at home the most.
She is survived by her husband Vern Watters of Aitkin; parents Earl and Lois Lungstrom of Rockford, Ill.; sons and daughters-in-law Shane and Michelle Fitch of Belvidere, Ill., Todd and Jennifer Watters of Walworth, Wis.; two daughters and sons-in-law Amy and Billy Gardner, Kelly and Chad Simich of Cottage Grove, Minn.; one brother and sister-in-law Deborah and Gary Klinefelter of Cherry Valley, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Jared, Sadie, Matthew, Jordan, Jacob W., Wyatt, Ethan, Emma and Jacob F.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; one brother, Tom; and one niece, Maureen.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. from St. James Catholic Church with Father Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
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