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Charles Tollefsrud


Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Charles Tollefsrud, age 91, of Mabel, Minn., formerly of Decorah, Iowa, died on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at the Green Lea Manor in Mabel.

Charles William Tollefsrud was born on October 20, 1922, the son of Jorgen (George) Truman and Selma Marian (Hebranson) Tollefsrud near Hesper, Iowa in Winneshiek County, Iowa. He was baptized on December 3, 1922, at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel, Minnesota, and confirmed at Big Canoe Lutheran Church in 1937. He attended rural schools through the eighth grade. His mother died when he was 13 years old and from then on, he worked for different people in the area to help make money. On November 28, 1944, he was united in marriage to Ruth Lucille Rustad on at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Locust, Iowa. From February 17, 1945 to August 31, 1946, he served in the United States Army in the 7th Infantry Division, 17th Infantry Regt., also in the Asiatic – Pacific Theater/Japan. He returned following the service and was engaged in farming in the Decorah area until moving to Rochester, Minnesota, 1965, where he was a carpenter. He helped build the top floors of the Guggenheim Building at Mayo Clinic. They lived there until 1972, when they moved to Hiawatha, Iowa, where he started his own business “Chuck’s Sanitary Service”. He retired in 1985 and then they moved in April 1991 to Decorah where they built their retirement home. Due to health reasons, they moved to The Meadows Assisted Living Facility in Mabel, Minnesota, on July 9, 2005. Charles entered the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in October 2007. He loved to dance and he and wife, Ruth went to Matters several times a month, in their younger years. Even though he was confined to a wheelchair, Judy Vickerman, Activity Director at Green Lea said, that he still had the “beat”, with his hands and feet keeping time to the music. Charles enjoyed camping and trout fishing. They took many trips to Phoenix, Arizona for the winter months, to visit son, Daryl, until his health started to fail in 2000. He also enjoyed when the grandchildren came to visit. During his stay at Green Lea Manor he enjoyed Bingo, and any old time music, especially Polka music and the Jim Busta Band. Charles was a member of the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church.

Charles is survived by his eight children: Cheryl Fish, Shell Rock, Iowa; Carol (Marvin) Gunderson, Spring Grove, Minn.; Barbara (Tom) Davis, Canton, Minn.; Linda (Leo) Zeig, New Ulm, Minn.; Dary .....
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Marilyn Nelson

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Marilyn Nelson, age 66, of rural Mabel, Minn., died after a short battle with cancer on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at her home, per her wishes. Marilyn was born August 6, 1947 in LaCrosse, Wis. to George and Viola (Vetsch) Doering. She grew up i ..... 
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Lucille Flaskerud

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
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Lucille Flaskerud, age 89, of Decorah, Iowa, formerly of Mabel, Minnesota, died November 1, 2013 at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah. Lucille was born May 10, 1924 at Waterloo Ridge, Iowa to Leonard and Louise (Flaten) Gunderson. She attended area ..... 
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Harry L. Housker

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Harry L. Housker, age 94, of Mabel, died Thursday, October 31, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Harry was born August 29, 1919 at home in rural Preble Township, Spring Grove, Minnesota to Anton and Lina (Itse) Housker. He attende ..... 
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Kermit Gerald Blexrud

Thu, Oct 17th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Kermit Gerald Blexrud, age 93 of Mabel passed away Tues. October 15, 2013 at his home. Kermit was born April 21, 1920 in Spring Grove to Knute and Gertie (Sandemoen) Blexrud. He was a lifelong area resident, attending area country schools. On Ma ..... 
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Arne O.K. Engen

Wed, Oct 9th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Arne O.K. Engen, age 92, of Mabel, MN died Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Tweeten Healthcare in Spring Grove, MN. Arne was born December 4, 1920, the son of Peter and Celia (Myhre) Engen on the family farm in the Wilmington Township near Caledonia, ..... 
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Verdayne Arnold Melbostad

Thu, Sep 19th, 2013
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Verdayne Arnold Melbostad, age 79 of Spring Grove, MN died Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Tweeten Healthcare in Spring Grove. Verdayne was born July 4, 1934, the son of Arnold and Amy (Olson) Melbostad at the Spring Grove hospital. He was bapti ..... 
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Zelda M. Sagdalen

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

ZELDA M. SAGDALEN, age 83, of Mabel, died Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel . Zelda was born July 9, 1930 in Spring Grove, Minnesota to Merton and Fannie (Watkins) Sherburne. She attended the Mabel High ..... 
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Florence L. Narum

Mon, Aug 19th, 2013
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Florence L. Narum, age 88, of Mabel, Minnesota died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Florence was born April 30, 1925 in Spring Grove, Minnesota to Edwin and Gina (Larson) Hage. She attended the Tawney School ..... 
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