office, and eventually established a house painting business. He died 14 Feb 1929.

Minda Olava Amundsen was born in Decorah 6 Dec 1868. She was confirmed 24 Jun 1883. She married Ole Rohm 23 Jun 1894. Mabel Clarissa was born 5 Apr 1895. Esther Henrietta was born 14 Oct 1897. Minda died 24 Sep 1913 of Brights Disease, a year after Erling’s birth. Mabel and Esther took turns staying home from school to care for their baby brother Erling. Later Ole married Thorbjor Johannesdtr Skaftedal. They had 4 children: twins Anna and Arnold (26 Aug 1918) and twins Martha and Marvin (25 Dec 1921).

Erling married Marie Rose Kastner 27 Mar 1938. She was born 8 Oct 1918 in Kiester, MN the daughter of Louis Kastner and Rosa (Lettner) Kastner. Louis and Rosa were born in Mauthausen, Austria: Louis 18 May 1894 and Rosa 1 Jun 1893. They were married 18 Dec 1917 in Blue Earth, MN. Marie’s brothers and sisters were Anne, Albert, Lillian, Johnny and Robert.

Erling and Marie have one child Virginia Marie 'Jeanie”. Jeanie went to high school in Decorah and married Wilbur Eugene Wilkens of Decorah 10 Jul 1960. Their children are Tamara Linn and Terena Marie. Tamara is a Physical Therapy Assistant in Minneapolis, MN and Terena is Technical Director for Gustavus Adolphus College Theater Department in St. Peter, MN. A son, Lonnie Eugene, died shortly after birth 28 Oct 1961. Jeanie operates a management consulting agency and Wilbur manages a Big Bear Farm Store, both in St. Cloud, MN. Jeanie is known for being a good listener and Wilbur is known for his photography and green lawn.

Rohm, Marvin and Ruth (Anderson)

(Anna Iverson and Dolores Rohm)

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Ruth and Marvin Rohm

Marvin Sylvester Rohm was born 25 Dec 1921 in Decorah, IA to Ole and Thorbjorg (Skaftedal) Rohm. Marvin is a twin to Martha (m. Charles Rosendahl) and has a brother and sister who are twins Arnold (m. Dolores Brooks) and Anna (m. Leonard Iverson). He had 2 half sisters, Mabel (m. Oliver Eittreim) and Esther (m. Harry Barrett) and has a half brother Erling (m. Marie Kastner).

Marvin was confirmed at Decorah Lutheran Church 22 Jun 1936 and graduated from Decorah High School in 1939. He attended Luther College in 1943 and then entered the U.S. Army Air Corp that year. He completed his education at Luther after his discharge from the service. He taught music at Mabel, MN, Earlham and LaVerne, IA. The family moved to Cedar Falls and Marvin sold real estate and Ruth taught school.

Marvin married Ruth Evelyn Anderson 31 Jul 1948 at Lake Mills, IA. Ruth was born to Martin Jacob Jake” and Loretta Elnora (Bowman) Anderson. She has one sister Margaret. Marvin and Ruth have 3 children, Kathleen, Eric and Ruth.

Kathleen Ann was born at Forest City, IA. She presently lives in St. Louis, MO. Eric Marvin was born at LeMars, IA. He was married 14 Oct 1972 to Barbara Knuppel. Barbara is the daughter of Harry E. and Naomi Knuppel. Eric and Barbara had 1 son, Chad Alan. Eric and Barbara later divorced. Eric married Patty Van Lengen 5 May 1979. Patty is the daughter of Verne and Leona Van Lengen of Stout, IA. Eric and Patty had 2 children, both born in Waterloo: Erica Lynn and Lukas Vern. Eric and Patty are divorced. Ruth Ann was born at Winterset, IA. She married Scott Appleby 8 Sep 1973 in Cedar Falls. Ruth Ann and Scott have one son Niles Alan. The family lives in Redmond, WA.

Rohm, Ole Helgeson

(Arnold Rohm)

Ole Helgeson Rohm was born 7 Oct 1872 in Laervik, Norway, the son of Helge and Martha Rommetveit. He was educated at Stordoen Seminary and came to America in Apr 1892. For a short time he lived in Maynard, IA. Since 1893 he lived in Decorah, IA where he was a painter and paperhanger. For 10 years he was a fireman at the post office.

On 23 Jun 1894 Ole married Minda Olava Amundsen who died Sep 1913. The 3 children of Ole’s first marriage were Mabel (m. Oliver Eittreim), Esther (m. Harry Barrett) and Erling Spencer (m. Marie Kastner). (See their family histories).

On 5 Jun 1917 Ole married Thorbjor Johannesdtr Skaftedal. Thorbjor was born 12 Jun 1882 in Granvin, Hardanger, Norway, the daughter of Anna Skaftedal and Johannes Johanneson Nesheim. Anna was born 25 Jun 1857 and died 16 Aug 1933. Johannes Johanneson Nesheim was born 10 Feb 1855 and died 2 Feb 1898. He took the farm name of “Skaftedal”. Thorbjor emigrated to America 18 Apr 1913 and lived for a short time with her uncle, Lars Nesheim. Ole and Thorbjor were married by Pastor 0. Glesne at the Decorah Lutheran parsonage.

Ole and Thorbjor had 2 sets of twins: Anna and Arnold born 26 Aug 1918 and Martha and Marvin born 25 Dec 1921. Anna Marie was married to Leonard Orton Iverson 16 May 1947 at the Big Canoe parsonage by Pastor William Hexom. They have one daughter Lois Martha. Lois married Calvin Wendtland in 1968. Lois


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