Mavis Rognes, 1923-2015

Published 10:47 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mavis Vivian (Olson) Rognes, 92, of Lake Mills went to be with her Lord Jesus on Monday, ­­Aug. 10, 2015, at Lake Mills Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in rural Joice, Iowa. The Rev. Kevin Olson will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills, and again one hour prior to the service at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mavis Rognes

Mavis Rognes

Mavis Rognes was born on March 17, 1923, in Winnebago County, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Frances Pearl (Classon) Olson. She was baptized at North Prairie Lutheran Church and graduated from Leland High School in 1941. She spent her younger years in the Leland area and shared many interesting memories of growing up in this small town. She received her associate’s degree in education from Waldorf College in Forest City in 1943, but did not teach in the public school systems until after she raised her 10 children. In 1972 she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Mankato State (Minnesota State University.) She taught school in the Northwood-Kensett school district until her retirement in 1989.

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Mavis married Jerome Rognes on April 14, 1943, in Mason City, Iowa. They farmed in the Joice, Leland and Emmons areas until Jerome had a farming accident in 1968. She lived in Lake Mills since 1973 and moved into Lake Mills Care Center in February 2008. Mavis was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She had many activities that she devoted her time to throughout her life including gardening, sewing, knitting and crocheting many baby shawls for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to study ancestry and made many presentations regarding her Norwegian ancestors. She was a great cook and baker, and loved to make kringla and lefse for her family and tried to teach them the art of making these Norwegian treats. She was a long-time member of Zoar Lutheran Brethren Church and Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church. She taught Sunday school until in her 80s and was an active member of Zoar WMF.

Survivors include 10 children, Jerald (Susan) of Lake Mills, Janice (Ronald) Eyster of Longmont, Colorado, Marilyn (Garry) Kubat of Longmont, Harvey (LaDonna) Rognes of Lake Mills, Lucy (Thomas) Bissell of Denver, Larry (Barbara) Rognes of Albert Lea, Vivian (David) Bjornlie of Detroit Lakes,  Warren (Brigette) Rognes of Ankeny, Iowa, Ronald (Linda) Rognes of Albert Lea and Julie (Ted) Pollard of St. Cloud;. 26 grandchildren, Denise, Jackie, Bob, Jeremy, Amy, Amber, Melanie, Melinda, Kim, Jenette, Beth, Kelly, Andy, Nick, Jenny, Dan, Kristin, Jesse, Nicole, Cody, Austin, Evan, Ethan, Quentin, Stephanie and Eric; 49 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Oswald (Muriel) Rognes of Lake Mills and Ray (Loretta) Rognes of Tampa, Florida; four sisters -in -law, Junice Bang of Oviedo, Florida,  Rosella Purcell of Amherst, Ohio, Norma (George) Barville of Batavia, Illinois, and Colleen Rogness of Emmons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mavis was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome, in 2012; her parents; an infant daughter, Josephine; a sister, Irene Olson; brother and sister-in-law Royden and Virginia Olson; and brothers-in-law Alfred Rognes Jr., Byford Rogness, J.D. Bang and L.D. Purcell.