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Ethel Drahota, age 85, of Jackson, Minnesota, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Church of Good Shepherd in Jackson, and will continue one hour prior to mass on Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, with Father Jonathan Fasnacht officiating. Burial will take place immediately following at the Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Ethel Jean Drahota, daughter of the late August and Sena (Kluever) Frodermann, was born on Saturday, January 30, 1937, on the family farm in Rost Township, Jackson County, MN. Ethel was 1 of 14 children in the family. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Ethel attended Round Lake School and graduated in 1955. On May 10, 1960, Ethel was united in marriage to Robert Drahota at St. Wencelslaus Catholic Church in Jackson. They made their home together on the family farm in Jackson, where they raised their 3 sons, John, Thomas, and Joseph. Ethel worked a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime, from AgCo, Human Services, Campbell Soup, cooking at Good Samaritan Society, and working alongside her husband and family on the farm. Upon Robert’s passing in March, Ethel remained living on the farm. Due to health complications, she was recently admitted into the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, Minnesota. On Sunday, November 13, 2022, Ethel entered into eternal rest, at the age of 85 years, 9 months, and 13 days.
Ethel was a lady of many talents and had a heart of gold. She loved being outside working in her flower, plant, and vegetable gardens, mowing the lawn, filling her bird feeders, or just simply tinkering on the farm. Ethel tended to a big vegetable garden all summer and would be busy in the fall canning her harvest. She enjoyed going out to the lake fishing off the dock, especially with the grandchildren. Ethel was a phenomenal cook and baker. She is known for her delicious pumpkin pie, pigout cake, caramel rolls, and Christmas baking treats. In her spare time, she liked to sew, knit, and watch the occasional soap operas. Robert and Ethel liked going to Polka dances in Sioux Valley and at the Fox Lake Ballroom. Spending time with her family was very important to Ethel. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cherishing each and every moment spent with them, playing cards, reading, or watching them run around the farm. Ethel’s smile, compassion, and caring words will be cherished by her family and friends for a lifetime. Robert and Ethel are once again dancing the Polka together
Ethel is survived by her sons: John (Sheri) Drahota of McGregor, MN, Thomas (Candace) Drahota of Jackson, MN, and Joseph (Dawn Barrett) Drahota of Jackson, MN; grandchildren Mackenzie (Ayden Kelley) Drahota, Mackenna (David Winters) Drahota, Mackaiya Drahota, Jesse (Michelle) Drahota, Jay Drahota, Jesse (Tiffany) Kirk, and Morgan Tebben; great grandchildren Taleyaha, Sakura, Tameyaha, Autumn, Dylan, Breanna, Summer, Tanner and Josie; sisters Adeline Bass, Glady Fricke, Darlene Whisney, Dorothy Lass, Lavonne (Ronnie) Polzine, Janice (Marlin) Johnson, Shirley Christian and Linda Laman, along with many other relatives, and dear friends.
Ethel is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Robert, her parents August and Sena, in-laws Adolph and Marie, brothers Walt, Sonny “Eldred”, Bud “Melvin,” and Arnold, and a sister Mary.
Blessed be the memory of Ethel Jean Drahota.