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Official Obituary of

Leutitia A. Englin

June 19, 1935 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Leutitia Englin Obituary

Leutitia Ann (Hollen) Englin was born June 19, 1935 in Brookings, SD to George Lynn Hollen and Ethel Violet (Leonard) Hollen and she had one brother, August Lynn Hollen. She married Donald Eric Englin on August 2, 1955 and they had three sons, Jeffrey Eric (Patricia), Peter Donald (Rebecca), and Gregory Lynn (Christine). She had five grandchildren, Kelsey Rose and Matthew Donald (Pete and Becky), Eric (Jeff and Pat) and Spencer and Forrest (Greg and Chris) and two great grandchildren, Taylor Ann and Erik Robert (Kelsey and Josh Brown). Leutitia passed away on February 15, 2024 at the age of 88 years old. 

As a young girl, the family lived in Brookings, SD where her father was a professor of graphic arts until they moved to Browns Valley, MN and operated the local newspaper. They then moved to St. Louis Park, MN and her father worked teaching graphic arts at the Dunwoody Institute and her mother, “Vi,” worked as a bookkeeper and then at the very first Target store in housewares. After graduating from St. Louis Park High School in Minnesota, Leutitia got a job out of General Motors Acceptance Corporation and transferred out to East Orange NJ at GM’s branch office with two girlfriends that also worked for GM. After being drafted in 1954 during the Korean War, the army deployed Don to Fort Monmouth, NJ which was 60 miles away from Leutitia. Every Saturday night the army would host a big dance and buffet and the army called around to all the companies in the area and offered to provide bus service to attend these dances. Don couldn’t understand the girls from New Jersey and heard her voice out on the dance floor, so he headed over to her and cut in. From then of they saw each other every weekend if they could.

They fell in love and decided to marry. Leutitia decided they would get married down in Baltimore, Maryland and her brother, Augie and his wife served as best man and maid of honor. After Don was honorably discharged in 1956 and Leutitia gave birth to Jeff, they moved back to Minnesota. Don enrolled at Mankato State University using the GI bill and their second son, Pete, was born in Mankato. After graduating Don took a job up on the Iron Range, at Virginia High School in Virginia, MN teaching art. Leutitia gave birth to Greg, the last of three boys in Virginia, MN. Don went on to obtain his master’s degree at UM Duluth. They then moved back to Robbinsdale, MN where Don taught art at Cooper High School. raised their sons and took a job as a paralegal for the law firm, Johnson and Illstedt, in downtown Minneapolis. They moved from Robbinsdale to Minnetonka where they raised their sons and all three graduated from Minnetonka High School. Leutitia decided to go back to school to get her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. She graduated with a degree in English Magna Cum Laude and then went on to obtain her master’s degree in library science from St. Cloud State University while teaching in the Robbinsdale School district. She was chosen as one of the President’s Circle when she graduated from UM.

She had an incredible mind and was extremely sharp. Anything she undertook she mastered it. To say she was a voracious reader is an understatement. She could read a book in less than a day, day after day. It was a good thing she was a librarian. Anything that enriches your life she pursued. She was an accomplished piano player but also could play other instruments and the house was often filled with music. Leutitia (Leu) and her mother were both amazing seamstresses and could make anything. She also knit and crocheted and made her own Afghan patterns that are beautiful heirloom works of art for all the family members. She loved the outdoors and hunted and fished and camped with the best of them. Her and Don raised hunting dogs – mainly labrador retrievers. They traveled to training grounds around the US and attended field trials and enjoyed getting out in the field. Our annual family get togethers consisted of duck hunting and caramel rolls. Her caramel rolls were beyond delicious. We tried not to fight over them. They were that special. Leu was an okay shot but loved training their labrador retrievers – dogs were always a part of our family. Really, that’s what mattered most, she just wanted to be around family. Family was always the most important thing to her. She laughed easily, and she loved her kids and grandkids. Leutitia helped all of us navigate life and school and sports and she loved her husband of 68 years right up to the last moment. She loves him still. We will miss her always.

Arrangements are by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service serving northern Minnesota. 

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