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Othilde J. Gunderson

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
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Othilde J. Gunderson, 100, of Mabel, died March 27, 2003 at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

Othilde Langlie was born March 10, 1903, in Allamakee County to Ole and Elizabeth (Overhaug) Langlie. She attended the Waterloo Ridge Rural School. On Feb. 22, 1922, she married Benjamin J. Gunderson at the Waterloo Ridge Church in rural Spring Grove. The couple farmed south of Spring Grove before moving to the Twin Cities. In 1947, they moved to Mabel, where Mrs. Gunderson worked as a nurse's aide at the Spring Grove Hospital. She later worked at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home where she was the second employee hired after its opening. Mr. Gunderson died Oct. 2, 1959. After retiring from the nursing home, Mrs. Gunderson continued to be a volunteer there until 2000 and then became a resident in 2002. She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church and WELCA. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and church activities.

Survivors include a son, Jerome (Marjorie) of Mabel; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

The funeral was March 31, 2003 at Mabel First Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Stephen Fiksdal officiating. Burial was in Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.

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