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Harriet Fisk, 98, Albert Lea

Published 10:35am Thursday, June 13, 2013

Memorial services for Harriet Fisk of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Jim Rushton will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Glenville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Harriet died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home. She was 98 years old.

Harriet Fisk
Harriet Fisk

Harriet Adeline (Steene) Fisk was born in Moscow on April 16, 1915, to Christian and Josephine (Vanek) Steene. She was baptized in the home of her parents on Aug. 20, 1916, by the Rev. G.O. Forde. She was confirmed by the Rev. A.C. Korsrud at First Lutheran Church in Glenville, on June 10, 1928. She attended Glenville schools and went to work at an early age as a hired girl, helping out in private homes with cooking, cleaning and caring for children. Harriet and her sister, Charlotte, sang for many funerals and weddings at their church. Harriet married Garfield Fisk on Dec. 22, 1938. They were married at First Lutheran Church in Glenville by the Rev. A.C. Korsrud. They had one daughter, Barbara Jean. They lived in Glenville their entire married life until Garfield passed away in 1999. Harriet then moved to Albert Lea and lived there until her death.

Harriet loved cooking and entertaining in her home and on the job. She worked in many different restaurants throughout her life, cooking, baking and waitressing. She, along with her life-long friend, Zora Crane, set up and operated the Glenville High School cafeteria when the school opened in the fall of 1956. Harriet loved preparing dinners for proms and special events at the school. She continued cooking and baking in her home well into her 90s. At the age of 97, she could still roll pie crust, lefsa and sugar cookies.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara and her husband Neil of Albert Lea; granddaughters, Stephanie and her husband Randall Erdman of Albert Lea and Stacia Lang of Los Angeles, Calif.; three great-grandsons, Beau Edwards, Joshua (Megan) Edwards and Miles Erdman; two great-great-grandsons, Ezra and Aiden Edwards; and one great-great-granddaughter, Josephine Edwards; sister, Jewell Dahl; sister-in-law, Carole Steene; nieces, Sandra (Wayne) Jensen, Cynthia Dahl, Linda Bighley and Deborah Schwab; nephews, Harold (Sandy) Steene, Larry (Bonnie) Steene, Gerald (Helen) Steene and Michael Steene.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Garfield; brothers, Remore and Dennis Steene; sister, Charlotte Johnson; nieces, Kathleen Jo Steene and Carmen Elaine Mathewson; nephews, Bruce and Danny Dahl; sister-in-law, Ruth Sorbo; brothers-in-law, Duane Johnson and Chester Dahl.

Harriet will be greatly missed by her family.

Memorials are suggested to Greenwood Cemetery in Glenville or First Lutheran Church in Glenville.


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