Laurie Jean Fietek was born January 2, 1957 to Betty Jane and Eugene “Jim” Fietek in St. Paul, MN. She grew up and attended school in the Little Falls Area. She spent countless hours at her grandparents (Daisy and John Johannes) farm in Flensburg, MN. She married the love of her life, Marvin Poegel, JR, December 18, 1976 in Swanville, MN. Laurie and Marvin resided in Swanville farming up until Marvin became a teacher in the late 1980’s. After Marvin started teaching, Laurie and he sold the farm in the fall of 1991 and moved to Browerville, then from Browerville to Motley, and from Motley back to Swanville. Over these years Laurie had owned her car detailing business, helped her parents run their two bar and restaurants’ (12-Mile Tavern and Whoopi Inn), managed the Lincoln gas station, and then became a paraprofessional at Little Falls Middle School in 1997 to 2020. In Late 2018, Laurie and Marvin sold their house in Swanville and moved to Cushing, MN, where they both retired. Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, fishing, photography, and spending quality time with her family and friends. Laurie and Marvin spent lots of time fishing, duck hunting, and hanging with friends at their schoolhouse (The Duck Shack) in Calio, ND. They were excited about building their new home on the lake and had spent some time there watching her grandkids swim and fish, as well as entertaining close friends and family.
Laurie is survived by her husband of 44 years, Marvin Poegel, Jr, her oldest daughter, Monique Mauk (Paul) of Bartlesville, OK, her only son, Joseph Poegel (Carol) of Brainerd, MN, and her youngest daughter, Jessica Moore (Jamie) of Clarissa, MN, her grandkids Matthew, KateLynn, Anna Jo, Tabitha Jo, Benjiman, Eli, Elliot, and her sister Lynda Szczodroski (Kevin), of Stover, MO. Laurie was preceded in death by her parents, Betty Jane, Eugene “Jim” and Leo Fietek.
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