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Gloria Utz age 67, of rural Comfrey, MN died on November 21, 2019, at her home.

Visitation will be on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the church.

Memorial Service will be held at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield, MN on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 10:30 am.

The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko.

Interment will be at the St. Raphael Catholic Cemetery in Springfield, MN.

Reception will follow in the school auditorium.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Gloria (Matter) Utz was born to Erwin and Martha (Pfarr) Matter on March 18th, 1952. Growing up on a farm Northwest of Springfield as one of 16 children, she did not lack fun and adventure. A few of those adventures included sneaking kittens into country school, hiding from the Nuns at St. Raphael’s, and playing fort in the grove. She met her husband Richard and they were married on Sept. 30th 1972 and eventually resided on a farm-site south of Springfield. She was a stay at home mom to children April and Adam for most of their childhoods. She shared her loved of books and animals with them. A self-proclaimed “homebody”, she preferred to be at home with her animals over anywhere else. In her lifetime she had many beloved pets including countless dogs and cats, horses, birds, a couple of raccoons, and even a fox. She loved her grandsons Kameron and Xander fiercely and made the “uncomfortable” trip to Ohio to be present at both of their births. She loved to read to them and sing to them when they were small, and listen to them sing in recent years. In addition to her family and animals, she loved gardening, bird watching, Country music, dancing, and coffee.

She is survived by her children April (James) Bigelow of Springfield and Adam of Comfrey; Grandsons Kameron and Xander; Siblings Erwin Jr. “Tony” (Pat) Matter of St. James, Marcella (Ken) Solberg of New Ulm, Donna (LaMonte) Henrichs of Sleepy Eye, Ronald (Karen) Matter of New Ulm, Audrey (Lonny) Evers of New Ulm, Elaine Fromm of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Lawrence “Lars” Matter of College Station, TX, Duane Matter of Comfrey, Marleen (Keith) Nemecek of Winthrop, IA, Marion (James) Lewis of Springfield, Sharyn (Arthur) Sullivan of Springfield, and David Matter of Tracy; and countless nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard, parents Erwin and Martha (Pfarr) Matter, and siblings Jean (Pfarr) Bedner, Michael Matter, Joseph Matter, and Alan Matter.

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