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Thora C. Hoiseth

Tue, Jan 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Thora C. Hoiseth, 101, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Gundersen – Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

Thora was born on May 21, 1912, in Norway Towhship, Minn. to Christ and Cora (Carlson) Hatleli. She was raised in Norway Township and attended Maland Country School and Gale College in Galesville, Wis. On December 17, 1931, Thora was united in marriage with Melvin Hoiseth at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson, Minn.

Thora worked at various stores and cafes in Rushford, and she and her husband owned and operated the “Home Café” for a number of years. She was also employed at Rush Products in Rushford.

Thora’s interests included: crocheting, knitting, cooking and gardening. One of her greatest joys was singing. Thora sang at many funerals and weddings over the years. More than anything else, she enjoyed being with her family.

Thora was very active in the Rushford Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday School for 50 years and held offices in the various women’s groups at church. Thora also taught the Bethal Bible Series. She was a parochial school teacher and taught in many area parochial schools in Fillmore County, as well as at Starskon School in Byron, Minn.

She is survived by her grandson, Dale (Marcia) Webber of La Crescent, Minn.; granddaughter, Ann (Matt) Newell of Byron, Minn.; great-grandchildren: Mary Webber, Kristopher Webber, Delanile Newell and Hallie Newell; a brother: Gordon (Betty) Hatleli of Rushford; sister-in-law, Phyllis Hatleli; and by nieces and nephews.

Thora was preceded in death by her husband Melvin; Daughter, Lois Delone Webber; son-in-law Robert Webber; siblings and their spouses: Cyrus and Laura, Merle and Florence, Lewellyn and Gladys, and Joel.

The funeral service was on Monday, January 27, at Rushford Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roger Michaelson officiating. Burial will be in the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery in the Spring.

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