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Troester, Vella (Meyer) Birdsell 1912-2009


Posted By: Connie Ellis (email)
Date: 8/25/2011 at 15:42:36

SOURCE: Monona, Iowa MONONA BILLBOARD, April 22, 2009
Contributor: Connie Ellis (Not related)

Funeral services for Vella Margaret Troester, age 96, former Monona, Iowa resident, were held on Friday, April 17 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa with the Rev. Allen Bidne officiating. Special music was provided by her niece, Sandra Schultz Miner. Casket bearers were Jeff Moon, Troy Moon, Bart Moon, Nicholas Moon, Kyle Moon, Warren Miner, Gary Rounds, and Dan Schultz. Burial was in the Monona City Cemetery in Monona. Leonard Funeral Home in Monona was in charge of arrangements.

Vella Margaret, first of twin daughters* born to William and Matilda "Tillie" (Sebastian) Meyer, was born May 16, 1912 in Postville, Iowa. She and her twin sister Irene were baptized on July 14, 1912 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa and both were confirmed there on August 15, 1927. After graduation in May of 1930, she was employed as a bookkeeper in the Electric Shop in Postville. She was united in marriage to Leon T. Birdsell on June 22, 1933. One daughter was born to this marriage. They lived in Postville until February of 1939, when the family moved to Monona, Iowa after purchasing the Men's and Boy's Clothing Store. In addition to helping her husband with the store, she did all the alterations and the bookkeeping. After selling the store, they operated The Stadium, and after selling that she worked ten years at the MFL Schools. Leon died August 5, 1965. On May 28, 1969, she married Orville F. Troester and lived on a farm near Monona. They retired to Monona in 1987. Her family and friends helped her celebrate her 90th birthday with a big open house party. A car accident three years later caused her to have pain in her hip which forced her to use a walker. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Peace Circle. She enjoyed her home, gardening, making quilts for her grandsons, playing cards, and watching baseball and basketball on TV.

Vella Margaret Troester passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the Great River Care Center in McGregor following a brief illness. Vella was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Leon Birdsell, her twin sister, Irene Rounds Radloff, and Eileen Schultz.

She is survived by her husband, Orville of McGregor, Iowa; her daughter, Mary Birdsell Moon and her husband, Keith Moon of Rochester, Minnesota; 3 grandsons, Jeffrey (Kathy) Moon, Troy (Kathleen) Moon, and Bart (Wendy) Moon; 5 great-grandchildren, Tracy Moon, Nicholas Moon, Kyle Moon, Brant Moon, and Olivia Moon; 1 niece, Sandra (Schultz) Miner and 2 nephews, Gary Rounds, and Dan Schultz.

*Corrections (from Connie Ellis) to Vella's obit:

Vella was NOT one of the twin daughters born to William and Matilda "Tillie" (Sebastian) Meyer. She was the first child born to William and Tillie. The twin daughters were Irene and Eileen, who were born in 1914. When I was transcribing Vella's obituary, I did NOT think that it sounded right about her being a twin. It made more sense for Irene and Eileen to be the twins. However, the newspaper clipping stated Vella and Irene. After I posted Vella's obituary, I went to the Allamakee County Obituary board and Irene and Eileen's obituaries are posted. Based on their birthdates and information given, their obituaries substantiate the fact that they are indeed the twin daughters. Connie Ellis

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