Albert Ringen, 99

Published 11:09 am Friday, August 27, 2010

Albert Ringen, 99, formerly of Racine and Grand Meadow died Tuesday Aug. 24, 2010 at the Stewartville Care Center.

Albert Ringen

He was born Jan. 4, 1911, in Grand Meadow Township to Norwegian Immigrants, Johan and Mina (Fjelstad) Ringen. When Albert was a little over 2 months old his mother passed away and he went to live with neighbors, the Slettums, until he was four years old when he returned to live with his father and siblings. Albert was a life long member of Bear Creek Lutheran Church where he was baptizedon March 14, 1911, and confirmed in 1924. He attended the Grand Meadow Public Schools where he received a certificate of attainment on June 4, 1926, upon completion of grammar school. He worked with his father and brothers and eventually worked as a hired man for area farmers. On Oct. 3, 1934, he was united in marriage to Violet Merritt and together they farmed their entire life in the Grand Meadow and Racine area until retiring in 1980. Violet passed away in 1999. Albert served on the district 33 school board and continued to help his son farm until 2005 when he entered the Grand Meadow Assisted Living Center. He entered the Stewartville Care Center in 2008. Albert loved his farm and his family , he was much admired by everyone, especially loved and admired by his children and grandchildren. He set a superb example for his descendants to follow.

He is survived by a daughter, Audrey (A.G.) Wilson and a son, Arvin (La Vae) Ringen; 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Alfred, Melvin, Hans and a sister Jenny Halstead Berhow.

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Funeral services for Albert will be held 2 p.m. on Monday Aug. 30, 2010, at the Bear Creek Lutheran Church with the Rev Jane Timmerman officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and one hour prior to the service at the church.

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