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Vernon J. Bolstad, 99, Austin

Published 10:51am Thursday, February 7, 2013

Vernon J. Bolstad, 99, of Austin, Minn., died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Comforcare Good Samaritan.

Vernon J. Bolstad

Vernon was born Sept. 19, 1913, in New Ulm, Minn., to John and Mary (Hrusa) Bolstad. He graduated from New Ulm High School. Vernon served in the United States Navy during World War II as a steam engineer and married Frances Groebner of Springfield in 1943. He was discharged from the Navy at the end of World War II with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

After living in Winona for a brief time, the family moved to Austin in 1945. Vernon worked for the Hormel Company for 33 years in the engine room. He retired in 1978. Vernon was an avid Twins fan, enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing, and was an auto racing enthusiast. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Vernon will be deeply missed by friends and family.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Bolstad, New Hope, Minn., and John Bolstad, LaCrosse, Wis.; sister, Maxine Lilja, Monticello, Minn.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances on Jan. 17, 2012.

A celebration of life will be held in May. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to St. Augustine Catholic Church or the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

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