Maurine Osheim, 93, of Lake Mills

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 24, 2005

Maurine C. Osheim, age 93, of Lake Mills, Iowa, formerly of Kiester, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at the Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester, with the Rev. Richard Steffen officiating. Burial will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, Kiester.

Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

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Maurine Clara Hesby was born on a farm near Zearing, Iowa, on January 6, 1912, to John and

Dena (Thorson) Hesby. She was the third of five children. In 1924, she moved with her family to a farm near Thompson.

Maurine attended confirmation classes and was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson. In 1930, she graduated from Thompson High School. Maurine attended the Lake Mills Normal Training School and graduated in May of 1931. She said, &8220;I got lucky!&8221; and was hired to teach at her home school. She received only half of the salary during the year, waiting until summer for the balance, after the local taxes were received.

In order to finish the evening chores early one Saturday, Maurine set the clocks ahead by 30 minutes.

When the chores were done, she went with her folks to Thompson. Helmer Osheim asked her to ride with him to Forest City in a Model A. From that time on, he drove out to her parent’s farm on Saturday nights. Maurine and Helmer were united in marriage on Jun. 16, 1935, at 10 a.m. in the parsonage of Pastor Fretheim in Scarville, Iowa.

In 1937, Maurine and Helmer moved to a farm by Walters. They purchased their &8220;home&8221; place

two miles east of Kiester, in 1943. Maurine was excited about this purchase and was eager to move because this farm house met her expectations. It had an indoor bathroom. She spent many hours planting flowers, tending the garden, and making certain that &8220;the men had some lunch.&8221; In the mid-sixties, she wanted to remodel her kitchen, so she found a job. Maurine worked for Winnebago Industries and saved her money for this project. She embroidered quilt squares and hand-quilted quilts for each of her children. The grandchildren cherish the crocheted afghans Grandma made. And the Kringla, well, only Grandma’s were acceptable, and what are the holidays without Lefse?

In September of 1998, Helmer and Maurine moved to a home in Lake Mills, and in April of 2005, moved into Mills Harbour, Lake Mills.

Maurine is survived by Helmer, her husband of over 70 years; two daughters, Marcia (Jerry) Bergeson of Radcliffe,

and Gloria (Doug) Fallgatter of Northwood;

two sons, Roger (Sandi) Osheim of Emmons, and Phil (Tamera) Osheim of Mahtomedi; ten grandchildren, Todd (Susan) Bergeson of Alpharetta, Ga., Tim (Sherry) Bergeson of Los Gatos, Calif., Tony Osheim of San Clemente, Calif., Cindy (Joe) Galli of Glyndon, Md., Angie (Justin) Senne of Northwood, Melissa (Mike) Michaelis of Mankato, Holly Fallgatter and fianc Greg Hankins of Coralville, Iowa, Jenna (Josh) Cadwell of Richland, Wash., Trisha Osheim of Altoona, Wis., and Christa Osheim of Mahtomedi; six great-grandchildren, Cassie and Kate Bergeson of Los Gatos, Calif., Lauren Bergeson of Alpharetta, Ga., Alexander Galli of Glyndon, Md., and Kayla and Nolan Senne of Northwood; a sister, Bernice Kloster of Lake Mills; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Curtis; and two sisters, Margaret Osheim and Doris Kloster.