Mabel Cafourek

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mabel Adele (Sampson) Cafourek, 95, of Austin, died Monday afternoon, Oct, 12, 2009 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.

She was born Aug. 15, 1914 to Knute and Katherine (Cassidy) Sampson in Huron, S.D. She married Frank Cafourek on April 13, 1941 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Because Mabel enjoyed people, she did well in sales, which she began when she was old enough to pull a wagon and sell the family’s vegetables and milk. An active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and civic organizations, Mabel earned a 35-year pin for her volunteer work as a Red Cross Gray Lady, was past president of the St. Olaf Hospital Auxiliary, vice president of League of Women Voters, chairwoman of Mothers’ March of Dimes, and she was involved in AARP. She had no children of her own, but she took pride in her family and was loved by them in return.

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Mabel is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann (Fred) Jensen of Austin and Katherine (Roger) Woodworth of Huron, S.D.; nine nieces and nephews; 18 great-nieces and nephews; 11 great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five siblings, Norma Campbell, B. “Nell” Kirkwood, Myrtle Van Dyke, Mamie Sampson, Sammie Sampson; and four brothers-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday Oct. 17, 2009 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Associate in Ministry Todd Portinga officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Olaf Lutheran Church Capital Fund Appeal, Red Cross or donor’s choice.

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