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Walburga A. Hatten, 103

Published 10:28am Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Walburga A. Hatten, 103, of Austin, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Sacred Heart Care Center.


Walburga was born Oct. 31, 1910, in Bancroft, Iowa, to Joseph and Mary Rahe. She went to school at St. John’s Catholic School in Bancroft, and after graduation went on to primary training.

In 1936, she married Arnold Hatten at St. John’s Catholic Church. They started their married life farming, which they did in Iowa until 1948, and then moved to the Austin, Minn., area and continued farming until 1976.

Walburga was a homemaker all of her life, raising 11 children. In the 1960s, she went back to her teaching career at Queen of Angels Catholic School and taught for 13 years.

She was active in anything that involved family. Whether it was playing games, cards, or especially ball games after supper and before dishes were done. Her hobbies included quilting, glass work, and crocheting.

Walburga and Arnold loved family. As a couple they loved to travel, whether it was from Pennsylvania to Arizona, to Washington state, and all points in between.

Walburga spent many hours working with her flowers, glass work, and quilting until 2005, when she moved to an apartment in Brownsdale, Minn., for a couple of years before moving to Sacred Heart Care Center in 2007.

Survivors include three daughters, Alice (Richard) Jensen, of Dexter, Minn.; Barbara Mensink, of Rushford, Minn.; Margaret Sprick, of Lake City, Minn.; five sons, Phil (Sarah) Hatten, of Brownsdale; David (Pam) Hatten, of Chandler, Ariz.; Joseph (Lucille) Hatten, of Leighton, Pa.; Donald (Cheryl) Hatten, of Brownsdale; Daniel Hatten, of Brownsdale; daughter-in-law, Judi Hatten, of Maple Glen, Pa.; son-in-law, Roger Schramm, of Gordon, Wis.; 37 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Boever, of Bancroft; two sisters-in-law, Dolores Kaproth, of Foley, Minn.; Kathleen Stade, of Boulder, Nev.; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; two daughters, Janet and Georgia; a son, Gene; and son-in-law, Russell Mensink.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating.  There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary on Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.

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