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“Sue, Wendy and family - I just learned of your mother's passing. I remember stopping at your house in Wells, and visiting with her and your father at...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Jane (Lines) Goodsell - MN

“so sorry for your loss, praying for you all. R.I.P. Colleen. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Meyer - Wells, MN

“So sorry for your loss. Mom (Margaret Cummings) had some wonderful visits with her in the past. I enjoyed listening to her about past events. Take...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Sue Cummings/Grunzke - Alden, MN

“Colleen will be missed. I will never forget her kindness, stories and love ♡ ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Lisa Kibler - Wells, MN

“Say Hi To Frank for me Granny You'll be missed by many.. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: kenny (AKA Henry) kastens - MN

“Dear Merilyn, Sue, Wendy and Peggy,Your mother was always very special to me and such a joy to be around!!She had a wonderful sense of humor!I still...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Dorothy Cox - Franktown, CO

“Awww...grams! Not sure we'll ever meet another person who is as wonderful as you at telling stories! We will miss them and you every day! ”
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Colleen Stiles, at the age of 91, passed away January 9th, 2017 at St. Crispin Living Community in Red Wing, MN. She was the widow of Franklin (Frank) L. Stiles. They shared 58 years of marriage. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Open Arms United Methodist Church-Wells Campus, with Pastor Paul Woolverton officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family.
Colleen Merible Bates was born December 15, 1925 in Wells, MN, the daughter of Edward G. and Esther M. (Dezell) Bates. She graduated from Wells High School in 1944. Colleen married Franklin "Frank" L. Stiles July 12, 1947 in Wells, MN. She was a homemaker, and also worked for JC Penny and Sears in Duluth, MN. In Wells, she was the caretaker of Pihls Park along with her husband for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Colleen was an avid gardener, and enjoyed collecting antiques and decorating her home. Colleen was a loving wife and mother, and enjoyed spending time with her daughters and family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank in 2006, sister Neva Bates, son-in-law Randy Meyer, and Wendy's longtime partner, Dwight Otten.
Colleen is survived by her daughters: Merilyn (Wendell) Weston of Vermont, Susan (Fred) Kontzelmann of Princeton, MN, Wendy Ann of Red Wing, MN, and Peggy Meyer (friend Kenny Kastens) of Nicollet, MN; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and 6 nieces and nephews and their families.