Syrlene Williamson, 1933-2018

Published 1:00 am Friday, September 7, 2018

Syrlene Williamson, 85, of Austin passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. 

Syrlene Williamson

Syrlene Merlene Ann Turvold was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Northwood, the daughter of Helmer and Selma (Midge) Turvold.  She attended country schools and Austin High School. 

On April 23, 1950, Syrlene was united in marriage to Donald Williamson at St. Olaf Church in Austin.  Together they had five children. Don passed away June 16, 2007. 

Email newsletter signup

After being married, Syrlene attended beauty school at Austin Vo-Tech. She worked as a beautician in her home and then later at Comforcare as a nurse’s aide and hairdresser for 27 years. 

Syrlene enjoyed visits to the Black Hills and Colorado, as well as trips up north fishing. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking. A skilled seamstress, Syrlene sewed her children’s clothes when they were younger. In later years, she treasured her time caring for the grandchildren. Syrlene was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, where she was active in Bible study. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be dearly missed.

Syrlene is survived by her children Vickie (Mike) Wellenstein of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Jean Constance of Farmington, David (Lisa) Williamson of Austin and Eric (Chairole) Williamson, also of Austin; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Phyllis Turvold of Illinois and Sylvia Swenson of Blooming Prairie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; her son, Joseph (Julie) Williamson; her sister, Harriet Turvold; five brothers, Arville Turvold, Burnell Turvold, Luverne Turvold, Merlin “Curly” Turvold and Harlan Turvold; and three siblings in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Karen Behling officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, immediately preceding the service. Interment will be in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery in rural Austin.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Williamson family. Services have been prearranged and will be performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at