Pearl Mittag, 88

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 19, 2010

Funeral services for Pearl Ann Mittag, 88, of Albert Lea will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Myrtle. The Ronald Myers will officiate. Burial will be at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. To sign the guestbook go to
Pearl died on Sunday, July 18, 2010, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.
Pearl Anna (Virchow) Mittag was born on Nov. 28, 1921, to Ervin and Anna (Knaack) Virchow in Freeborn County. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran and attended country school near Gordonsville. On Nov. 28, 1940, she was united in marriage to Gaylen August Mittag at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Pearl and Gaylen were lifelong farmers in the Myrtle area. She was an active member of the churches ladies groups. After retiring she and Gaylen moved into a townhouse in Albert Lea, where she made many new friends around the neighborhood. Pearl enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and was famous for her yummy Apple pies and cinnamon rolls. She loved having her grandchildren come and stay with her. She had many beautiful flowers in her yard. Pearl spent many hours tending to her vegetable garden and canning in the fall. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her children: Gerald (Judy) Mittag, Wabasha, Darlene (Laverne) Hauge, Glenville, Marilyn (Dwayne) Anderson, Mankato and Raymond (Lydia) Mittag, Glenville; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and step great-grand-children; sisters-in-law: Fern Virchow, Glenville and Luetta Wolff, Chandler, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Wilbur Mittag and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gaylen; mother-in-law, Olga Broitzman; sister, Doris Virchow at age 5; brothers: Arley, Russell and Glen Virchow; nephew, Bruce Virchow; sisters-in-law: Bertha Virchow, Delores Virchow and Evelyn Mittag, brothers-in-law; Luverne Mittag and Edward Wolff; sons-in-law: Paul A. Schmidt and Larry Williamson.

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