Mary Jane Platteter, 85, formerly of Arcadia, died on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at Sugar Loaf Senior Living
under the care of Winona Area Hospice.
Mary was born on November 2, 1937 in Fountain City to Forrest and Christine (Engebretson) Farrand.
She married Arnold Platteter on December 31, 1965. After graduating from Fountain City High School
with the class of 1955, Mary furthered her education and got a two- year teaching degree and taught 4 th
grade in Bloomington, MN for three years. She moved to Milwaukee and worked in the Milwaukee
County Court House as a clerk-typist and switchboard operator. She also worked as a transcriptionist at
Watkins in Winona. She later worked as a paraprofessional in the Arcadia Elementary School for 29
years, retiring in 2001. She volunteered at the school for many years after retiring. Mary enjoyed going
to high school sporting events of all sports, and received a “Fan of the Year” Award in 1996. She loved
her Packers, Brewers and Badgers, and watched as many games as she could. Mary also spent a lot of
time at the family RV on Bear Lake. She enjoyed sitting around the campfire with friends and family and
going fishing. Her good friend, Pat Dolan, was a constant companion, and preceded her death in 2021.
Mary enjoyed going out to eat with Arnie and her “special” friends to celebrate birthdays or just to catch
up on the latest news. Family was very important to Mary and getting together with everyone was
special- children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Of course, getting some card-playing in during
these times was a priority.
Mary is survived by her children: David (Ann) Platteter of Arcadia and Gayle (Stephen) McDonald of
Winona; step-daughters: Judith (Leonard) Mettlach of Watertown, Joan Dettloff of Arcadia, and Karen
(Allan) Blaschko of Arcadia; grandchildren: Curtis (Annalita), Carrie (Chris), Scott (Diana) Steve (Cathy)
Bobbi Jo (Tico), Randy, Danny (Alexis), Demond, Tawana, Katrina, Heather, Mary, Kyle, Michele, Marsha
(Jon Toso), Carter (Diane), Darby, Megan (Jacob), Dustin, Jennifer (John), and Jason; great-grandchildren:
Grayson, Annalia, Jacob, Ariah, Daniel, Jr., A’Miracle, Adeline, Cooper, Alexandra, Koda, Kai, Joel, Liam,
Wyatt, River, Reyna, Kamaya and Kyleigh; brother: Dave (Liz) Farrand; sisters-in-law: Ginny Farrand and
Betty Farrand; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnie in 1998; grandsons: Joey and Marvin; great-
grandson: Joshua; son-in-law: Paul Dettloff; and two brothers: Ron Farrand and Wallace “Red” Farrand.
A funeral service for Mary will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at Christ Lutheran Church
in Arcadia with Pastor David Johnson officiating. Family and friends are welcome for visitation one hour
prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Glencoe Lutheran Cemetery, rural Arcadia. To express
condolences to her family online, please visit

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