Marjorie O. Attleson

marjorie attleson
Marjorie O. Attleson, age 95, of New Hampton, died Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Marjorie Olivett Attleson was born on October 9, 1913 to Oscar and Christina ( Ellingson) Ferkenstad near Elma, IA. She was baptized and confirmed at Jerico Lutheran Church. Marjorie graduated from New Hampton High School in 1932. After graduation she taught country school for five years in Jacksonville Township and Paris Township in Howard County. On November 28, 1935 Majorie was united in marriage to Thomas Attleson at Jerico Lutheran Church. After their marriage the couple farmed near Jerico all their married life, living on the Ferkenstad farm. Majorie took nurses aid training and worked at St. Josephs Community Hospital in New Hampton for ten years. Marjorie enjoyed quilting, making lefse and teaching younger generations how to make it. Marjorie is survived by her son Thomas (Hiko) Attleson of Jerico, IA; a daughter-in-law Betty Attleson of Rochester, MN; eight grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren;four great great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Charlotte Ferkenstad of New Hampton, IA. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas on June 28, 1994; a son Donald Attleson and a brother Clifford Ferkenstad. Cemetery: Burial will be in Crane Creek Cemetery, rural Lawler at a later date. Visitation: Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday, August 17, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton. Service: A memorial service will be at 7:00pm on Monday, August 17, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Chapel in New Hampton with Pastor Matthew Voyer officiating.

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  1. I always remember growing up, when we went to grandma marge’s house we would get plenty of lefsa. She could always get the dough the exact perfect size.

  2. When my husband and I first starting going to Crane Creek Church, Marj was always so friendly and helpful. I will also remember her helping make the lefsa and later when it was hard for her to get around she would be in charge of rolling the lefsa the day of the supper. We have fond memories of Marj to cherish. Peter and Dixie Zeien

  3. Jack has known Marge all of his life and I got to know her when I joined him at Immanuel Crane Creek many years ago. I always thought she was such a classy lady. I was honored to share the same birthday with her. Her lefsa making skills were legendary!

    When she was no longer able to attend church on a weekly basis, her presence was greatly missed. I had stopped to see her on several occasions since her move to New Hampton. She was always so happy to have company. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel. Her family has our sympathy.

  4. Oh My….i am sorry to hear of Grandma’s passing. Sincethe Straw family and the Attleson family were so intertwined during wrestling, she was like our own and I know that Tony will be greatly sorrowed to hear of her passing, they had a special bond. As others have mentioned she was one class act and a good model to us all. We hope the memories will help you through your sorrow.

  5. Will never forget the many dozens of Lefsa that were enjoyed by our family. It was always just perfect. She was a grand lady and such a joy to visit.

  6. Blessings to you all. Marjorie always had a big smile when ever we would see her. We enjoyed visiting with her at the wrestling meets where she just beamed with pride. I know she will be greatly missed. Take care. Sorry we can’t be there for the service but we moved out by Seattle, Washington.

  7. I was so sorry to hear of Marj’s passing, as others have said, she was a very classy lady and a great cook. Grandma Attleson as we all called her had nothing but a smile for anyone, even if she wasn’t sure what we were up to. Thinking of her, grandpa attleson, and that farm bring nothing but warm feelings and smiles to me. We’ve all lost something with her passing. She was a smart, caring, beautiful person with a timeless smile and way about her. Our deepest sympathy’s, God bless your family.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers go to ALL of the family members who loved her as Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandma and for us, Marge, our second cousin. We know that she is now with her Lord who she loved with all her heart, mind and soul.

  9. John and Kandi and Attleson family, We were so sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. She was always such a kind person and was good to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. your friends, the king family

  10. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Marj. Marj. and Tommy were my Godparents and Marj. always had a smile on her face and kind word to say to everyone. I know she will be missed, especially at the Attleson reunion.

  11. I am very sorry to hear of your loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. I didn’t know her well but I remember her being at all the sporting events her grandsons played in; definitely their #1 fan. I always thought that was very cool.

  12. To the Attleson family,

    My sincerest condolences to everyone on the passing of Marge. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed.

  13. Tom and family,
    We are sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. We have fond memories of Marj & Tom coming to the many wrestling meets, and tournaments, and cheering on their grandsons. They were amazing parents and grandparents. Cherish the memories.
    Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

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