Collette Warnke

Collette Warnke, 83, of Echo, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Avera-McKennan Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Memorial services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Cemetery in Hanley Falls.  The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family.

Collette Warnke was born on March 3, 1936 to Kenneth and Luella (Maasch) Rikke in Vesta, Minnesota.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and attended Vesta and Redwood Public Schools.

On November 13, 1954, Collette was united in marriage to Lenard Warnke in Hanley Falls.  They moved to the Twin Cities where they lived for the next 47 years until moving to Echo in 2001.  Collette was a homemaker, wife and mother and involved with the area homemakers club, Peace Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.  She enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening and visiting with friends and family.

On Thursday, June 6, 2019, Collette passed away at the Avera-McKennan Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 83.

She is survived by her son Lonny Warnke of Echo; siblings Shirley Gordon, Kenneth (Carol) Rikke, Joyce Wright, Linda Rikke and Pamela Rikke; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lenard, and sister Judy Hess.

Blessed be her memory.

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