Lucille V. Wollenburg, 87

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lucille V. Wollenburg, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at her home in Austin.

Lucille V. Wollenburg, 87

Lucille Virginia Gilbertson was born on April 5, 1932, in Owatonna, Minnesota, to Walter and Elfrieda (Malakowsky) Gilbertson. She attended Austin High School, graduating in 1950. She worked for Woolworth Store as a bookkeeper from 1951 to 1954. Lucille was united in marriage to Gerhard Wollenburg on Dec. 2, 1954, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin. To this union four children were born. Aside from being a homemaker, Lucille worked as a bookkeeper for Gerhard’s Racing Business and was a tax preparer for many years. She was also a seamstress and made most of her family’s clothing for several years. Lucille was the mom of the neighborhood kids, always ready with cookies or band-aids when needed. Over the years, she would collect many items, including dolls, plates, and anything related to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” or John Wayne. Lucille was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Gerhard Wollenburg of Austin; children, Brian Wollenburg of Austin, Walter (Susan) Wollenburg of Austin, Julie (Michael) Kruse of Bemidji, Minnesota, and Sara (Robert) Kruse of Austin; eight grandchildren, Steven (Nellie) Wollenburg, Amy Wollenburg, Mark Wollenburg, Ian Kruse, Isaac Kruse, Bryer Kruse, Blake Kruse and Alexis Kruse; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Wollenburg, Layla Wollenburg and Max Wollenburg; and brother-in-law, Robert Unverzagt. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elfrieda Gilbertson; brother, Walter Gilbertson; sister, Vivian Clark (Unverzagt); and brother-in-law, John Clark.

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Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at