Josephine Sherwood, 82, Lake Mills

Published 10:09 am Thursday, August 15, 2013

Josephine E. Sherwood, 82, of Lake Mills died on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. David E. Jordon officiating. Burial will be in Salem Memorial Cemetery in rural Lake Mills.

Josephine Sherwood

Josephine Sherwood

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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Josephine Elaine (Flattum) Sherwood was born on June 12, 1931, on the family farm to parents John A. and Anna (Anderson) Flattum. She attended country school through the eighth grade.

Following her schooling, Josephine worked as a hired girl for some local families as well as helping on the home farm.

On Dec. 27, 1957, she was united in marriage with Harold Sherwood at Silver Lake Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Lake Mills where they raised five children. Throughout the years, Josephine worked various jobs including Johnson Laundry and Land O’Lakes, both in Albert Lea and the Cool Springs Canning Factory in Lake Mills.

Josephine enjoyed watching her children’s and grandchildren’s ball games, she was an avid bowler, played Bunco and bingo and did crafts.

Survivors include her five children, David (April) Sherwood of Rockwell, Iowa, Julie Sherwood of Forest City, Iowa, Harlan Sherwood and his partner Phil Rendina of Minneapolis, Paul Sherwood of Lake Mills and Fern (Robert) Zabel of Lake Mills; and four grandchildren, Andrew Zabel, Joshua Zabel, Courtney Sherwood and Clancy Sherwood. She is also survived by a brother, Arthur (Deb) Flattum of Albert Lea; a brother-in-law, Ralph Sabin of Albert Lea; and two sisters-in-law, Sadie Flattum of Albert Lea and Rosemary (John) Spratt of Webster City, Iowa; as well and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; brothers, Orville, Carl and George; a sister, Gladys; and a sister in infancy.