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Albertson, Florence Margaret (Wangsness) -- 1908 - 2005


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 6/18/2012 at 10:10:06

Source: Schluter - Balik Funeral Home database

Florence Albertson, age 97, of Spillville, Iowa died on Saturday, December 10, 2005 at the Oneota Riverview Care Facility in Decorah, Iowa following complications from a stroke.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Calmar Lutheran Church in Calmar, Iowa with Rev. Norman Bauer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah and after 10:00 a.m. at the church on Thursday morning.

Florence Margaret (Wangsness) Albertson was born on January 9, 1908 the daughter of Lasse and Hansina (Hermanson) Wangsness at their home between Calmar and Ossian. She was baptized by Pastor Paul Koren on January 16, 1908 and confirmed on June 15, 1924 at the Calmar Lutheran Church. Florence attended the Lee country school near Ossian and then went to Calmar Public School thru ninth grade. She married Orlando Albertson on January 18, 1928 at the Calmar Lutheran Church and they were married for sixty-one years. They purchased their farm near Spillville in 1938. Florence and Orlando enjoyed their farm by the Turkey River, where they milked cows and raised beef cattle. She raised many chickens and sold eggs to help get by during the Depression. Her hobbies were baking, crocheting, embroidery, sewing and having big gardens. She also enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and going dancing with Orlando, “the love of her life”. After Orlando passed away in 1989, Florence continued to live on the farm. In September 2003, she moved into an apartment in Ridgeway, which she enjoyed so much. After having a stroke in June 2004, she moved to the Oneota Riverview Care Facility. She treasured her family and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Florence was a member of the Calmar Lutheran Church all of her life. She taught Sunday school and was a member of WELCA and ladies circle.

Florence is survived by her three sons: Louis (Norma) Albertson, Calmar, IA; Roger Albertson, Port Charlotte, FL and Ronald (Nita) Albertson, Calmar, IA. One daughter-in-law: Jane Albertson, Calmar, IA. One daughter: Deborah (Tom) Lensch, Decorah, IA. Twelve grandchildren: Nancy (Larry) Gallagher, Elaine (Wally) Korth, Ed (Lois) Albertson, David (Norma) Albertson, Michael (Theresa) Albertson, Paul (Jackie) Albertson, Daniel (Tammy) Albertson, Duane (Beth) Albertson, Aaron Albertson, Brent Albertson, Brian (Elly) Lensch, Angela (Sern Olson) Lensch. Eighteen great grandchildren: Shelby & Jason Gallagher, Kimberly & Laura Korth, Brandon & Kala Albertson, Katie Engelhardt, David (Melinda) Engelhardt, Andrew and J Albertson, Alex Albertson, Katelyn & Josh Albertson, Rachel, Sara & Eric Albertson, Annika Lensch and Leif Olson. One great great grandchild: Alexia Engelhardt. Three sisters-in-law: Ruth Ryan, Cresco, IA; Ella Albertson, Cresco, IA and Nina Wangsness, Mabel, MN.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Orlando on October 24, 1989; one son: Parnell Albertson on April 12, 1992; on daughter-in-law: Betty Albertson on August 4, 1993. Seven sisters: Ida Stromme, Elvina Oliver, Josie Schemmel, Christine Wangsness at the age of two; Christine Ernst, Theresa Clasen and Norma Anderson. One brother: Elvin Wangsness.

The family wishes to thank the Oneota Riverview Care Facility for their loving care of Mom during her stay.

Calmar Lutheran Cemetery gravestone

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