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Charlotte S. Wolfe, 90

Mar 26, 2017

Charlotte S. Wolfe

Kiester Charlotte Wolfe, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend died on March 15, 2017 at Parkview Care Center in Wells. Charlotte Serelda Christian was born Sept. 14, 1926 at the family farm in Eden Township, Winnebago County outside of Thompson, Iowa to Albert and Clara (Erdahl) Christian. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church, Vinje, Iowa. Charlotte spent her youth at the farm with her parents, sister Alice, brother Irving and grandpa Frank. She attended country school, which was located just across the road from the farm place, just a hop, skip and jump from their home and the security of her parents close by. Charlotte graduated from eighth grade following completion of the eighth grade exams and then attended High School in Thompson, Iowa and graduated in May 1944. She worked at Naeve Hospital for several months, before being called home to help at the farm. She returned to work at the hospital, only to be called home again to help while her father was ill.

She entered Luther College in the fall of 1946 and graduated in May 1950 with majors in Business Education and Social Studies. She accepted a position as business teacher at Kiester High School in the fall of 1950. She was a kind and patient teacher and a favorite of many.

She married Dale E. Wolfe of Kiester at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kiester on June 20, 1954. She retired from teaching in January of 1959 to devote full time to being homemaker and mother to her most wonderful family. With education being of great interest to her in her life, in later years, she took evening classes at Mankato University and continued working in the education field by doing substitute teaching at area schools, teaching Adult Education classes and working at the Kiester Library.

Charlotte’s interest included reading, birds at the feeders, painting, playing cards, spending time with family camping and entertaining relatives. Though quiet and classy, she also raced snowmobiles and enjoyed turkey hunting. Charlotte was an extremely active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council, ALCW, quilting group and leading youth groups in her early years in Kiester. She also worked with 4-H, Boys and Girls Scouts, Kiester Saddle Club, Kiester Legion Auxiliary, Kiester Fire Fighters Auxiliary and a home extension project group.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Clara Christian; her husband, Dale Wolfe; her sister, Alice Peterson and her brother, Irving Christian.

She is survived by her children, Kyle and Becky Wolfe, of Owatonna, and Tom and Nona Nesseth, of Shorewood and was “Bestemor” to granddaughters, Clara and Celia Charlotte “CeCe” Nesseth.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 22 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Kiester, Pastor Katie Pals officiated.

Memorials preferred to Kiester Ambulance or Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Kiester.

To leave a condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com Arrangements were handled by Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901.