Obituaries for February 6, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 6, 2003

Erma M. Wilson, 87

Erma Marie Wilson, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Field Crest Care Center, Hayfield.

She was born April 1, 1915, to Oscar and Louise (Martin) Johnson in rural Hayfield. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield and confirmed at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant.

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On Aug. 24, 1934, she married Walter M. Wilson at Evanger Lutheran Church, where she was a member. They had seven children. Erma was a lifelong resident of the Hayfield and Dexter areas.

Survivors include daughters, Barbara (Theo) Von Vooren, Schoten, Belgium; Bonnie (Larry) Spone, Willowbrook, Ill.; sons, Bob (Betty) Wilson, Dexter; Dallas (Verna Mae) Wilson, Longmont, Colo.; David (Suzanne) Wilson, Hudson, Wis.; sister, Ellen (Spencer) Wilson, Hayfield; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Curtis and Charles Wilson; brothers, Lester, Harley, and Stacy Johnson.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at the funeral home and Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m. memorial service Saturday at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant with Rev. Douglas Westerlund officiating.

Internment: Evanger Lutheran Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, Hayfield.

Mary K. Freese, 47

Mary Kay (Horsfall) Freese, 47, of Austin, Minn., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, in Austin, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, 207 South School Street, St. Ansgar, Iowa, with President Robert Flatt officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery, St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Mary was born July 31, 1955, to Harvey and Emma Lois (Trantenalla) Horsfall.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. Mary was employed at Hy-Vee Foods in Austin, Minn. Her day was brightened at work when she saw people she knew. Mary enjoyed visits and conversations with friends and people she would meet in her daily life. Mary loved hunting down garage sale bargains and antiquing. She loved visiting her daughter, Christy, her son-in-law, Michael, and playing with grandson, Nathan. She was looking forward to the expected arrival of a new grandchild in March. Mary's children Betsy, Jeff and Joe live with their father in Arizona. Each one of them was in her thoughts and prayers each day. Mary is now at peace with the Lord.

Mary was preceded in death by her grandparents and one brother, Edward.

She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey Freese and Joseph Freese of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Christine and husband Michael May of Manhatten, Kan., and Betsy Freese of Mesa, Ariz.; one grandson, Nathan May; her parents, Harvey and Emma Lois Horsfall, of rural Carpenter, Iowa; three brothers, Stanley Horsfall of Mason City, Iowa, Frank Horsfall of Carpenter, Iowa and Harvey E. Horsfall of Mason City, Iowa; one sister, Linda Kruse of Meyer, Iowa; and special good friend, Jim Horgen of St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine J. Gilbertson, 80

The funeral service for Lorraine Janet Gilbertson will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, Minn. The Rev. Lyndon West will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea and one hour before the service at the church.

Lorraine died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Good Samaritan Center. She was 80 years old.

Lorraine was born in Nunda Township, Minn., on April 11, 1922, the daughter of Andrew O. and Dora Isabel (Nelson) Dahlen. She was a 1940 graduate of Albert Lea High School.

On Jan. 24, 1946, she was united in marriage to Leroy J. Gilbertson at the First Lutheran Church parsonage in Albert Lea. They were members of First Lutheran Church where Lorraine was active in the mission circle.

During World War II Lorraine worked in a parachute factory in the state of Washington. She worked at the Maid-Rite and was head cook at Lakeview School for 25 years. She was a member of the Y's Mennettes, Sons of Norway, Bunco Club, couples card club, Home Extension and a Girl Scout leader. Her many interests included doing crafts, crocheting afghans for her family, cooking, camping, traveling, and sewing. Her favorite times ware spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. While living at Good Samaritan Center she enjoyed playing cards, doing crafts, cooking and devotions in the chapel.

Lorraine is survived by four daughters: Sharon Koester and her husband, Steven, of Kiester, Minn.; Nancy Metz of Albert Lea, Minn.; Carol Gilbertson of Austin, Minn.; Darlene Levisen and her husband, Robert, of Albert Lea, Minn.; one son: Darrell Leroy Gilbertson and his wife, Ann, of Maple Lake, Minn.; nine grandchildren: Jenny Koester, Freda Whetstone, Susan League, Noah L. Metz, Jens, Megan, Mariah and Jacob Levisen, Theresa Gilbertson; three great-grandchildren: Samantha League, twins Ashley and Kaitlin Whetstone; two sisters-in-law: Marie (Kermit) Gilbertson of Albert Lea, Minn. and Ada (Jerry) Jacobson of Wells, Minn.; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Leroy, in 1976; brothers and sisters: Jennie Dahlen, Harvey Dahlen, Adrian "Bud" Dahlen, Iver Eugene Dahlen, Sylvia Wortman, Robert Dahlen.

Lorraine will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Blessed be her memory.

Elvira Anderson-Tarleton, 78

Elvira Jeanette Anderson-Tarleton, 78, formerly of Hayfield, died Jan. 28, 2003, in Tucson, Ariz.

She was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Vernon Township and was raised in Hayfield.

After graduating from high school in 1942, she enrolled in the School of Nursing at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, graduating in 1945. She moved to St. Paul in 1946, where she met her future husband, Raymond, and was married in 1950. She joined the St. Paul school system as a school nurse in 1952 and remained in the school system until her retirement in 1986.

The Tarletons moved permanently to Tuscon, Ariz. in 1998.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Tarleton, Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Arliss (Don) Cerny, Austin; Gretchen Thoen, Blooming Prairie; nieces and nephews.

Services were held in Arizona.