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Agatha Catherine Porter, 91, died February 17, 2009.

Agatha was born January 28, 1918 in Leaf Mountain Township to Frank and Elizabeth (Loeffler) Klimek. She was raised in Urbank and attended the Freske one-room schoolhouse. Following her schooling, Agatha worked as a seamstress.

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On April 22, 1941 Agatha was joined in marriage to Melvin Porter in Alexandria. For the next seven years the couple made their home in California while Melvin served in the armed forces during World War II. Agatha worked for the Heinz Coffman Company, helping build radar equipment for the war effort.

The couple was blessed with four children, Bonita, Valeria, Nancy and Robert. In 1948 they moved to St. Cloud then to Hibbing in 1952 and Babbitt in 1956. Following Melvin's death in 1976, Agatha returned to Alexandria to be closer to her family. Five years ago Agatha moved to Sauk Rapids.

Agatha enjoyed spending time sewing, knitting, crocheting and doing macramé. She loved gardening, both vegetables and flowers, and enjoyed caring for her indoor plants. Agatha baked for her family and friends; she was known for her cookies and baked beans. She was a member of VFW Post 936 Auxiliary and St. Mary's Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Porter; and four bothers, Myron, Werner, Arnold and Emmett Klimek.

Agatha is survived by her children, Bonita Porter Treanor of Oakdale, Valeria Porter Crushshon of St. Paul, Nancy Lake and husband, William, of Nashwauk, and Robert Porter and wife, Brenda, of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Jeremy Lake, Dion Crushshon, Michelle Crushshon Presley, Therese Thomas, Jennifer Graner, Amanda Platt, Nicole Treanor, Jessie Skaj and Heather Crosthwaite; great-grandchildren, Michael Crushshon Yarbrough, Robi Michael Crushshon, Niamia Michael Crushshon, Jessie Lake, Bailey Thomas, Kole Platt, Gavin Platt, Bradyn Janish-Lake, Dylan Crosthwaite and Wyatt Crosthwaite; two great-great-grandchildren, Michael Yarbrough Jr and Ameleon Yarbrough; her sister, Betty Schroeder of Long Prairie; and her brother, Elwin Klimek and wife, Marvel, of Babbitt.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, February 21 at St. Mary's Church in Alexandria. The Reverend Father Fred Fink was the celebrant. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers included Michael Yarbrough, Jeremy Lake, Dion Crushshon, Jessie Lake, Bailey Thomas, Kole Platt and Gavin Platt.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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