Monica's Story

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Monica Dauffenbach Ahern died on August 21, 2017 in North Mankato at the age of 100.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, August 26 at 10:30 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato, with Fr. Paul van de Crommert as celebrant and Fr. Peter Nosbush as con-celebrant. Visitation will be from 4:00 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Visitation will continue one hour before the service at the church on Friday.
Monica was born on October 31, 1916, to Andrew and Ellen (King) Loeffler. She attended grade school in rural Eagle Lake and graduated from Janesville High School, where she was valedictorian of the class of 1932. She earned her teaching degree from Mankato State College.
On November 27, 1940 Monica was united in marriage to Roy Dauffenbach at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Clair, MN. Roy and Monica raised their children on his family farm in Belgrade Township in Nicollet County until moving to North Mankato in 1958. Monica then became the first special education teacher hired by the St. Peter school district, teaching children at the Central Annex School in St. Peter for 20 years until her retirement in 1979.
Monicas 48 year marriage to Roy Dauffenbach ended with his death in 1988. On October 31, 1992 she married Francis Ahern and they lived in North Mankato. Francis died in 2001.
Throughout Monicas life, her love for God and family were evident. Although she was a very powerful role model, her commitment to passing on the Catholic faith prompted her to send all six of her children to the Catholic schools. Monica was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Parish, the Legion of Mary, and Catholic Daughters. In her retirement years she volunteered with the elderly School Sisters of Notre Dame at Good Counsel.
Monica is survived by three sons: John and his wife Debby of Mahtomedi, Jerry and his wife Donna of San Diego, Jim and his special friend Linda Anderson of Mankato. She is also survived by two daughters: Mary and her husband Gary Zellmer of North Mankato and Joan and her husband Dick Nichols of Otsego. Monica has eight grandchildren, five step grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, seven step great grandchildren and six step great-great grandchildren. Monica also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Dauffenbach of Stillwater, MN and Patty Loeffler of Janesville, MN and one daughter-in-law, Betty Dauffenbach of North Mankato.
Monica was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers Lowell, Robert, James and John Loeffler, her sister Alice Juberien, two husbands, daughter-in-law Cheryl Dauffenbach and her son Joel.
Memorials are preferred to Holy Rosary Parish, Loyola Catholic School, the School Sisters of Notre Dame at Good Counsel, or to the donors choice.
Monicas family would like to thank the staff at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato where she received wonderful, loving care during the past several years. Our gratitude also goes to Mayo Clinic Hospice for their attention to Monicas comfort during the last week of her life.
Published on August 22, 2017
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