Charles Taffe, 92

Funeral services for Chuck Taffe, of Morris, Minnesota, will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Todd Schneider will be officiating. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at the Graceville Consolidated Cemetery in Graceville immediately following the funeral service and luncheon. 

Charles “Chuck” Leo Taffe was born to George and  Nellie (McAloon) Taffe on May 21, 1930 in Graceville,  Minnesota. He was one of eight children, having four older  brothers and three younger sisters. Chuck attended school  in Barry, Minnesota through the eighth grade. He then went  on to finish his schooling and graduate from St. Mary’s  Academy in Graceville in 1948. During his schooling he  was very athletic, participating in football, baseball, and  basketball. 

After graduating from high school, Chuck attended  the University of Minnesota for a year and a half until he  married his high school sweetheart Joyce Eisenmenger.  Charles and Joyce were married on October 23, 1950 at  Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville. Together the  couple farmed in Graceville until 1956 before moving to  Morris where Chuck started working at Morris Creamery  

Company, then Golden Cream Dairy and then Cass Clay,  until they closed their Morris location in 1970. From there,  Charles started working at the University of Minnesota  Morris in the Heating Plant department until his retirement  after 25 years of service. 

He was a reserved and generous man. Truly a member  of the “Silent Generation,” he had a strong work ethic, was  respectful, and dependable, had a sense of determination,  and was willing to make sacrifices, and was a talented  

handyman. This not only helped him at his job at the  university, but also when he would go onto his post retirement career of helping his daughter and son-in-law,  Marilyn and Tim, on their family farm. Chuck was involved in  fall tillage from 1995 until 2008. 

Chuck and Joyce enjoyed attending all their kids and  grandkids’ sporting events, spending time with and visiting  family until Joyce passed away on July 18, 2008. 

On January 9, 2016, Charles married Lynn Halbakken  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood, Minnesota.  Together the two of them enjoyed spending time with  their family and participating in and attending church. He  also enjoyed gardening, both vegetables and flowers and  reading, especially newspapers. 

Charles passed away on August 29, 2022 at West Wind  Village; he was 92 years old. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife: Lynn Halbakken  Taffe of Morris; four sons: Chuck (Barb) Taffe of Hastings,  Dave (Brenda) Taffe of Aberdeen, SD, Jerry (Jane) Taffe  of Maple Grove and Dennis (Nancy) Taffe of Morris; three  daughters: Marilyn (Tim) Beyer of Holloway, Gail Hill of  Egg Harbor, WI and Sandy (Ron) Kopel of Glenwood; 13  grandchildren: Jeff (Jenni) Taffe, Jamie (Paul) Thorn, Ross  (Emily Haynes) Kopel, Kirk Kopel, Adam (Ryanne) Waage,  Trent (Cecilia) Waage, Abby (Tony) Trettin, Matt (Dyani)  Taffe, Michael Taffe, Sara Taffe, Tera (Nate) Kleespie, Molly  (Brian) Haan, Kaley (Matt) Lundin; 18 great-grandchildren:  Walker and Georgia Taffe, Louie and Veda Thorn, McKenna  and Weston Kopel, Kogan, Taylen, Harper, and Langston  Waage, Brayden Dozier, Anniston Taffe, Maecy, Jax, Leo,  and Milo Kleespie, Emmett and Keira Haan; two sisters:  Helen Taffe and Marie McGraw, both of Richfield. He was  preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his parents; four  brothers: John (Teresa) Taffe, Tom (Joy) Taffe, Dick (Alice)  Taffe, and Vincent “Bud” (Libby) Taffe; and one sister, Jean  (Norbert) Buller; one brother-in-law, Vince McGraw.