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Keefe, Thelma Beatrice (Finholt) 1914-2006


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 9/14/2012 at 11:59:44

Thelma B. Keefe, age 92, of Decorah, Iowa, died Friday, April 7, 2006 at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah following a brief illness.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at First Lutheran Church in Decorah by Rev. Steven Jacobsen with burial in Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Monday, April 10, 2006 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and an hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the church.

Thelma Beatrice (Finholt) Keefe was born on February 20, 1914 in Canoe Ridge Township north of Decorah, IA, the fourth child of Oscar and Julia (Faldet) Finholt. She was baptized on March 3, 1914 and confirmed on April 22, 1928 at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church, rural Decorah. Thelma grew up in the Canoe Ridge area and graduated from Decorah High School with the class of 1932.

After graduation Thelma worked at The Sweet Shop with her cousin, Pearl Larson. She was united in marriage with Lester Keefe on June 21, 1936. To this union 3 children were born: Don, Mary and Michael.

Thelma has lived in Decorah all of her life, except for a short time when they lived in St Paul, MN. Thelma and Lester joined First Lutheran Church in Decorah on January 1, 1946. After Lesterís death in August of 1965, Thelma became a single parent who worked at various jobs to support her family. These jobs often included working with friends and family members. She served as secretary at First Lutheran Church for fourteen years. Her last employment was with Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum where she worked until her retirement at age 80.

Thelma enjoyed dancing and playing cards. Time spent with her brothers and sisters and their families was always important to her. He was a fan of the Iowa Hawkeye teams and especially enjoyed a trip to Carver Hawkeye Arena to see the menís team play. Attending events and following the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren pleased her greatly.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester in August of 1965; 2 brothers, Orlando Finholt and Chester Finholt; and 1 sister, Cora Volding.

She is survived by her 2 sons: Donald Keefe of Decorah, Michael (Susan) Keefe of Clear Lake, IA; her daughter, Mary (Darrel) Jensen of Decorah; 4 granddaughters: Leslie (Thomas) Cook of Decorah, Tina (Andy) Meek of Bonaparte, IA, Kristin Keefe of Lincoln, NE, Megan Keefe of Clear Lake, IA; 2 grandsons: Peter Jensen of Sioux Falls, SD and Andrew Jensen of Decorah; 3 great-grandchildren: Cody Cook of Decorah, Kadie and Allison Meek of Bonaparte, IA; 3 sisters: Leverne Headington, Eunice Anderson and Jenanne Vikre all of Decorah 2 sister-in-law, Agnes Forde of Decorah; and many nieces and nephews.

Source: Fjelstul Funeral home database

Lutheran Cemetery, Decorah

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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