Tricounty News

Audrey Tufts, 92



Audrey Tufts of St. Cloud, formerly of South Haven died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud. She was 92.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Zion United Methodist Church in South Haven with Rev. Luke Nelson and Deacon Steve Yanish officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Fairhaven Cemetery.

Audrey F. Tufts was born Sept. 4, 1919, to Jess and Lillian (Oberson) Henneman in Annandale. She attended and graduated from high school in Annandale where she later worked as a cook in the school kitchen.

Audrey married John Tufts in April 1929 in Rochester, Minn., moving to and residing in South Haven nearly all her life. Audrey loved butterflies, sewing, reading, Joe Maurer, crossword puzzles, and chocolate shakes, but most of all, she loved her family and friends. She will be remembered for her charm and wit and gracious style. Her proudest accomplishments were graduating from the Minneapolis School of Beauty Culture in 1938, and working at an aircraft factory in San Diego, Calif., during World War II.

Audrey is preceded in death by her husband John; and brother-in-law Phillip Tripp.

She is survived by her daughter Laurel (and Steve) Yanish of Sartell; her three grandchildren Bob (and Bunny) Yanish of Rochester, Kristi (and Chris) Anderson of St. Cloud, and Leigh (and John) Lessard of Sauk Rapids; five great-grandchildren Tori, Johnny, Kassy, Will and Max; her sister Shirley Tripp of Wayzata; niece Jeanne (and Steve) Dinnerstein of Cincinnati, Ohio; and nephew Greg Tripp of Minnetonka and their families.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zion United Methodist Church.

Audrey's family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated staff at Talahi Care Center who lovingly danced with and cared for her during her last days, and also to Chaplain Steve for his dedicated love and care.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale.