Laurence Louwagie

Laurence Hector Louwagie

Saturday, August 15th, 1942 - Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
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A private family Mass of Christian Burial for Laurence Louwagie, 78, of Cottonwood, will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at St. Clotilde Catholic Church in Green Valley. A public walk-through visitation will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church. Interment with military honors will follow the service at St. Clotilde Catholic Cemetery. Masks and social distancing requirements will be observed. The service will be recorded and will be available for viewing later at

Laurence Hector Louwagie was born on August 15, 1942, on the family farm near Marshall, to Marcel and Theresa (Boerboom) Louwagie. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Marshall. After graduation, Laurence served as a company clerk in the Army National Guard. On August 5, 1967, Laurence was united in marriage to Ardyce Buysse at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. The couple farmed by Green Valley for a time before moving to Swede Prairie Township. Although Laurence and Ardyce moved into Cottonwood in 2000, Laurence continued farming until his death.

Laurence was a patient teacher and good listener. He enjoyed woodworking, wood carving, camping, cross-country skiing, and playing cards. Laurence was an adventurous man who travelled and explored the world with his best friend, Ardyce. Together they dipped their toes in many different continents, countries and states. The couple wintered in Arizona, where they spent time four-wheeling, exploring the mountains and admiring the beauty of the state. They entertained friends, attended daily Mass, and volunteered delivering groceries to the poor through St. Vincent de Paul. Faith was very important to Laurence, and one of his wishes for his children and future generations was for them to live a prayer-filled life. He was active at St. Clotilde Catholic Church, where he was a life-long member. Laurence taught CCD, sang in the choir, read, and served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

Laurence died on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at the farm doing what he loved. He is survived by his wife Ardyce of Cottonwood; children Carl (Jolene) Louwagie of Clarkfield, Ellen (Jeff) Juni of New Ulm, Loretta (John) Steckelberg of Sauk Centre, and Loren (Lauren) Louwagie of Juneau, Alaska; grandchildren Brent, Jack, Jarrett, and Sophia Louwagie, Abigail and Renae Juni, Marcel, Cecilia, and Augustus Steckelberg, and Jasmine and Autumn Louwagie; sister-in-law Kris Holm; siblings Father Vincent Louwagie, Marcella (Joe) Matthys, Janet (Paul) Kirchner, and Raymond (Cindy) Louwagie; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Marcel and Theresa Louwagie, step-mother Ida Louwagie, and siblings Sister Marian Louwagie, David (Virginia) Louwagie, and James Louwagie.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Clotilde Catholic Church - Green Valley
    3272 270th Ave
    Green Valley, MN, MN
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    Walk through visitation
  • Service

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 |
    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
    St. Clotilde Catholic Church - Green Valley
    3272 270th Ave
    Green Valley, MN, MN
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    Private Family Mass of Christian Burial
    Rev. Fr. Mark Steffl
  • Interment

    St. Clotilde Catholic Cemetery
    Green Valley
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Posted at 05:12am
May I present my sincere condolences to the Louwagie-family for the loss of Laurence.

C. Paul Martin, M.D.

Posted at 08:51pm
Ardis and Family of Laurence Louwagie,

Carole and I are saddened to hear of Laurence's passage to the great farm of the Lord. As his classmate at Central Catholic Catholic High School, she remembers her class with the many farmers and their contributions to the class, the school, and their communities. I had the pleasure and experience to know Laurence and Ardis when attending the class reunions and masses at St. Clotilde where both of them tried to teach me about farming history and methods. May we honor and appreciate Laurence's role in our lives as he served the Lord and provided for all of us in many ways.

Dr. C. Paul and Carole Martin
Omaha, Nebraska

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