Eunice Mechler

Eunice smiles for a professional photo, wearing glasses, a blue blouse and simple jewelry.

Eunice “June” Mechler, age 89, of Titonka, died just after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at the Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021 at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka with Reverend S. Kim Peterson presiding. Burial was in the Buffalo Township Cemetery.

Eunice Elda was born on June 15, 1932 at the family home at Gerled, the daughter of Edward and Henrietta (Johnson) Dontje. She was baptized into the Christian faith at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakota. At 5 years of age, she started school at the Ledyard Consolidated School. In 1946, the family moved to a farm northwest of Ledyard. Eunice then attended Grant Consolidated School, graduating in May of 1949. During high school, she played on the girls’ basketball team.

In September 1949, Eunice began her nursing education. The first year she affiliated with Drake University in Des Moines for sciences. In her senior year, Eunice spent six months at Cook County School of Nursing in Chicago, before graduating from Broadlawns Polk County School of Nursing in Des Moines in September of 1952. Eunice then worked at the Blue Earth Hospital in Blue Earth, MN, for three years.

Eunice was united in marriage to Douglas Kay Mechler of Titonka on December 7, 1955. They lived on the Mechler farm south of Titonka where Eunice dedicated her life to being a farm wife and mother to her four boys: Dean, Brian, Kent, and Dale. She also continued nursing work on an as-needed basis at Blue Earth and other area hospitals.

Eunice was a faithful member of Good Hope Lutheran Church. She and Doug spent many years in Texas during the winter months. For several years after her husband’s death, she continued driving to Texas on her own to spend the winters.

Eunice enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, embroidery, gardening, square dancing and day trips with friends in her later years. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Eunice is survived by her sons, Dean (Deborah) of Spencer, Brian of Mankato, MN, Kent (Heidi) of Sheffield, and Dale (Connie) of Algona. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kyle (Janessa) Mechler, Karen (John) Corrigan, Michael (Molly) Mechler, Alex Mechler, Timo (Katie) Mechler, Christin Mechler, Alyssa Mechler, and Jacob Mechler; along with great-grandchildren, Rydia, Link, Charles and Abigail.

Eunice was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, husband Douglas, and two brothers, Eugene and Eldon.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Titonka. Condolences may be left at




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