Alberta Marie Stadheim, 83

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Alberta Marie Stadheim, 83, of Austin, died at Sunrise Cottage in Rochester Friday morning, Feb. 18, due to complications of a fall on Jan. 24, 2011, at the Cedars.

Alberta Stadheim

She was born March 28, 1927, the only child of Hial Oscar and Helen Anna (Naulin) Swan in Lake Crystal, Minn. After graduation from Austin High School on June 1, 1944, she attended Austin Community College, earning her associate of arts on May 29, 1946. A secretary for Walman Optical, she married Louis John Stadheim on Sept. 3, 1949, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin where she became active in ladies aid. She worked for Elrod and Green for 15 years. Alberta loved her grandchildren and brought them pleasure with her good cooking. She also liked to sew, do hardanger and play bridge. She was a volunteer for many groups, including the Red Cross Blood Drive and census.

Survivors include her husband, Louis of Austin; two children, Linda Stadheim of Rochester and Bradley (Beth) Stadheim of Rose Creek; six grandchildren, Heather Coulter, Jeremy (Linsey) Smith, Rebecca (Justin) Leggett, Tyler Stadheim, Bailey Stadheim, Hattie Stadheim; six great-grandchildren, Kayla and Julia Coulter, Rielly and Liam Smith, Madison and Samuel Leggett; aunt, Olga Naulin of Austin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edward and Blanche Stadheim of Lyle, Stanley and Babe Stadheim of Albert Lea, Arnold Stadheim of Albert Lea, Annabelle Allen of Menifee, Calif., Janet Stadheim of Albert Lea, David and Marilyn Stadheim of Albert Lea, John and Janis Stadheim of Lake City, Tony Kocanda of Minneapolis.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, Hial and Helen Swan; son, Larry Stadheim; grandson, Matthew Smith; brothers-in-law, Richard Stadheim, Wally Dunn, Don Allen; sister-in-law, Edna Mae Kocanda, Evelyn Stadheim.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 25, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Tom Ogilvie officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. The family prefers memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the RCTC Matt Smith Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at A Special thanks goes for her care at Seasons Hospice and Sunrise Care Center.