Rachel Vatland, 81, of Mabel

Rachel A. Vatland, 81, of Mabel, died on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Gundersen Health Systems in LaCrosse, Wis.

She was born on April 11, 1938, in Rushford to Marvel and Eva (Highlan) Sandsness.

She graduated from the Rushford High School and attended Luther College for a year and later the Winona Business College.

She worked in Rochester for a short time.

On March 19, 1960 she married Blaine Vatland at the Highland Prairie Lutheran Church.

They farmed in Newburg Township. She worked at Control Data in Spring Grove for a short time and then helped around the farm. She has been a resident at the Tweeten Care Center in Spring Grove for the last eleven years.

She was a member of the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, entertaining family and friends, church circle group and card club. She had a green thumb for growing flowers and plants. During her time at Tweeten Care Center, she enjoyed her daily activities, especially BINGO, and visits/activities with local youth groups. Also, knowing what her grandchildren were involved in was very important to her. She was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments. 

She is survived by her children, Kevin (Joanie) of Mabel, Karen (Richard) Morreim of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Rebecca (Ted) Phillips of Spillville, Iowa; grandchildren, Luke (Teri), Laura (Cory Vickerman), Josh, Travis, Lydia, Shelby, Ally, Lilly and Johnny; great-grandson, Trevor; a sister, Elizabeth (Jerry) Olson of Mankato; a brother-in-law, Walter (Darlene) Thompson of Winona and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine on March 9, 1998; two grandchildren, Jacob and Mary; a sister, Mary Thompson and a brother, Edmer Sandsness.

Funeral services for her were held on Tuesday, April 23, at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Leonard Liptack officiating. Burial followed in the Garness Cemetery.