Lucille F. Wahlers, 85

Published 10:45 am Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Funeral services for Lucille F. Wahlers will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Rev. Ronald Myers will officiate. Interment will be at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.

Lucille Wahlers

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guestbook go to

Lucille died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

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Lucille Frances Wahlers was born Feb. 27, 1926, to John and Frances (Lunacek) Cherney near Clear Lake, Wis. When she was five, her family moved to a farm between London and Myrtle, Minn. Lucille went to country school and then to Austin High School, graduating in 1943. She took one year of teachers’ training in Austin and then taught country schools for 11 years in the London and Myrtle area. On Nov. 28, 1947, she married Cecil Wahlers at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Myrtle of which she remains a member to date. In 1953, the couple moved from Myrtle to London. After her children were in school, Lucille worked part time in the London store and post office for 26 years. Through the years, Lucille taught Sunday school, and was active in circle and church women’s group. Lucille enjoyed traveling, old-time music, crocheting, and her favorite pastime was sewing. Lucille sewed for family and friends, herself and the church. She was proud to help create many of the banners in the church.

The highlight of her sewing was making her oldest daughter’s wedding dress, also, remaking a gown for Miss Minnesota in 1978. Lucille enjoyed collecting thimbles from her own travels and family and friends contributed to her collection. Lucille’s family was very special to her.

Survivors include her daughters, Gloria and husband, Gene Pell of rural Austin, Joyce and husband Jeff Norland of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., JoEllen and husband, James Bakos of Titusville, Fla., and Judy and husband Randy Stanton of Hayfield, Minn.; grandchildren, Chad and wife Krista Pell, Troy and wife Samantha Pell, Bradley Stanton, Melissa and husband Dan Doman, Gregory Norland and Michael Norland; sisters, Mary Lange of Wabasha and Anna Adams of Sterling, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Iris Bighley of Albert Lea, Lois and husband Harold Brandt of Albert Lea and Melba Jenkins of Lime Springs, Iowa; brother-in-law, Wayne and wife Arcley Wahlers of Austin; many nieces and nephews.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, infant son and daughter; husband, Cecil; and brother, Franklin; brothers-in-laws, Bud Lange, Edgell Adams, Marshall Bighley and John Jenkins; and sister-in-law, Doris and husband Tony Belshan.