Syrlene Williamson, 85

Published 8:19 am Friday, September 7, 2018

Syrlene Williamson, 85

Syrlene Williamson, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Syrlene Merlene Ann Turvold was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Northwood, Iowa, the daughter of Helmer and Selma (Midge) Turvold. She attended country schools and Austin High School. On April 23, 1950, Syrlene was united in marriage to Donald Williamson at St. Olaf Church in Austin. Together, they had five children. Don passed away June 16, 2007. After being married, Syrlene attended beauty school at the Austin Vo-Tech. She worked as a beautician in her home and then later at Comforcare as a nurse’s aide and hairdresser for 27 years. Syrlene enjoyed visits to the Black Hills and Colorado as well as trips up north fishing. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking. A skilled seamstress, Syrlene sewed her children’s clothes when they were younger. In later years, she treasured her time caring for the grandchildren. Syrlene was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, where she was active in Bible study. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed.

Syrlene is survived by her children, Vickie (Mike) Wellenstein of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Jean Constance of Farmington, Minnesota, David (Lisa) Williamson of Austin and Eric (Chairole) Williamson of Austin; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Phyllis Turvold of Illinois and Sylvia Swenson of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; her son, Joseph (Julie) Williamson; her sister, Harriet Turvold; five brothers, Arville Turvold, Burnell Turvold, Luverne Turvold, Merlin “Curly” Turvold and Harlan Turvold; and three siblings in infancy.

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Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Karen Behling officiating. Visitation will be for two hours before the service on Monday at the church. Interment will be in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery in rural Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Williamson Family. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at