Anna Wallace, 85

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The funeral service for Anna Gretina Wallace, of Geneva, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Community Lutheran Church, Geneva. The Rev. Carrie McElfresh will officiate. Interment will be in the Geneva Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea and one hour before the service at the church. To sign the online guest book, go to


Anna died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society. She was 85 years old.

Anna was born June 5, 1926, in Palmer, Iowa to Gerd and Katharina (Janssen) Hartman and graduated from the Palmer Schools. She married Robert Wallace on Nov. 25, 1953, at Palmer, Iowa. They made their home at Bradgate, Iowa, until 1959 when they moved to Dorset. They owned and operated a resort from 1959 to 1966 and then the family moved to Geneva. Anna was a member of the Community Lutheran Church in Geneva and belonged to one of the church Circles, and later to the WELCA. She was also in the quilt making group. She worked as a bookkeeper and did housekeeping for others. Anna was a member of the Grapevine Twist Square Dancers. Her hobbies were sewing, crocheting, doing patchwork (quilts) and baking. Anna enjoyed being with her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Anna is survived by her children: Paul (Debbie) Wallace, of Geneva, Shirley (Greg) Tennant, of Sleepy Eye, and John (Becky) Wallace, of Woodinville, Waash.; four grandchildren: Christopher Wallace and Marie Wallace of Albert Lea, Brandon (Christina) Wallace of Albert Lea, Bobby Wallace of Woodinville, Wash., and Michael Wallace of Woodinville, Wash.; three great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Hailey Wallace and Chloe Wallace; sisters: Eileen Alig and Elsie Price, of Palmer, Iowa; brother, Melvin Hartman of Pomeroy, Iowa; sisters-in-law: Marlys and Rozella Hartman.

Anna is preceded in death by her parents: Gerd and Katharina Hartman; husband, Robert Wallace; two brothers: Richard and Earl Hartman.