Troy Jean "Jeannie" Sowers, 82, of New Ulm died Friday, May 11, 2012 at Ridgeway on German in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm with Pastor Eric Libby officiating the service. Burial will follow in the Fort Ridgely Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for her family go to www.mvfh.org.
Troy Jean Sowers was born on December 11, 1929 in Fruitland, Idaho to Melvin and Helen (Poole) Rash. She attended Plummer High School in Idaho and graduated with the class of 1947. On January 19, 1948, Jeannie was united in marriage to Marvin Sowers in Seattle, Washington. Following marriage they moved to Sleepy Eye where they lived for 25 years. They later moved to New Ulm and finally to rural Madelia in 1984. Jeannie was a loving mother and dedicated volunteer. She enjoyed music, playing the guitar, writing songs, quilting, visiting family on the west coast, walking on the beach, and mushroom hunting. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in New Ulm and a C.A.S.T. volunteer. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.
Jeannie is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Debra Vee and special friend, Spencer Cole, of Greenbush, Caryl and Dave Runck of New Ulm, Darla Sowers of New Ulm; sons, Harley Sowers of Coon Rapids, Gary Sowers and life partner, Joann Hart, of New Ulm, Vernon Sowers of Sleepy Eye, Jeri Sowers of Sleepy Eye; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Nelma Barker of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Willowdean Kennedy of Salem, Oregon, Noreen Lea of Rockaway Beach, Oregon, Joan and Mike Garland of Spokane, Washington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ben and Toby Rash of Lewiston, Idaho, Jim and Diane Rash of Salem, Oregon, Melvin Rash of Boise, Idaho, John and Gayle Rash of Moses Lake, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin in 1991; sister, Barbara Koester; and brother, Kenny Rash.