December 21, 1923 - August 28, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am, Friday, September 4, 2015 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie, for Valeria C. Lemke, age 91, who passed away Friday at CentraCare Health Systems-Long Prairie. Fr. Omar Guanchez will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Long Prairie. Family and friends may call from 4-7 pm, Thursday and after 8 am Friday at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home – Stein Chapel, Long Prairie. The St. Mary’s Catholic Women will pray the rosary at 4 pm with parish prayers at 7 pm Thursday in the funeral home.

Valeria Curves was born December 21, 1923 in Todd County, Minnesota, the daughter of Peter and Katherine (Laumeyer) Curves. She grew up on a farm northeast of Long Prairie. She graduated from Long Prairie High School and worked for a year in Red Lake. She married Ruben Lemke on May 1, 1946 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. They made their home in Long Prairie, where Valeria worked at Hart Press for over 25 years.

Valeria was a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, the Christian Womens Group and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed music, dancing, playing cards, visiting with friends on the telephone, and dining out. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.

Valeria is survived by her son, Allen (Jane) Lemke, Osakis; three grandchildren, Steve (Sheri) Lemke, Avon; Jim (Jen) Lemke, Monticello; and Kerry Lemke, Healy, AK; five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Sydney, Brooke, Morgan, and Carter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ruben in 1972, and sisters and brothers-in-law Elaine (Raymond “Bob”) Sabart and Florence (Cliff) Garlock.