Obituary – Stephen Messenger Vol 41 No. 28 Oct 5, 1950
Mrs. Olaf Hvidsten Called by Death
Funeral Services to be Held at First Lutheran Church Friday at Two O’clock
Mrs. Olaf Hvidsten, pioneer resident of the Stephen community, died on Wednesday morning, October 4th, 1950, at 8:15 o’clock. Her death this week, at the age of 80 years, came quietly and peacefully, ending a long period of Christian service to family and community. Mother Hvidsten had been an invalid since 1936, when she fractured a hip in a fall, and for the past two years she had been confined to her bed.
Anna Sylskar was born in Christiansand, Norway, June 28, 1870, and spent her early young womanhood in her native land. She came to America with her parents in 1888, and had since made her home in the Stephen community. On December 5, 1892, she was married to Olaf Hvidsten. Following their marriage, they established their home on a farm 7 miles east of Stephen, and here their ten children were born and reared. Mr. Hvidsten preceded his wife in death on June 10, 1940, and a son, Andrew, passed away in 1930.
The Wanger township farm remained the home of the Hvidsten family until 1919, when they moved into the village to live. Mrs. Hvidsten was a woman of fine Christian character, and her interests were largely centered in her home and in her church. She was a member of the Ladies Aid of the First Lutheran church, and received a life membership in that organization in 1945. While her declining years left her in such condition that she was unable to take an active part in these cherished activities, she retained a keen interest in their accomplishments and was always pleased to hear of their progress in Christian endeavors.
Funeral services, for the immediate members of the family, will be held at the Hvidsten home on Friday afternoon at 1:30, and public services will be conducted at the First Lutheran church at 2:00 o’clock, with the Reverend Arthur Sorensen officiating.
Surviving Mrs. Hvidsten are five sons and four daughters: Alfred, Nels, Torkel, Mrs. Ed Lundeen and Mrs. Arnold Hamnes, all of Stephen; Carl of Grafton; Bert of Neche; Mrs. Paul Brown of Pembina, and Mrs. Stanton Thorson of St. Paul. There are also twenty-nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Stephen friends of the family will extend their fullest measure of sincere sympathy to those left to mourn the passing of a devoted pioneer wife and mother. Peace to her memory!
Obituary – Stephen Messenger (12 Oct 1950)
Last Rites Held for Mrs. O. Hvidsten
Rev. Arthur Sorensen Officiated at Friday Afternoon Rites For Pioneer, Stephenite
Funeral rites for the late Mrs. Olaf Hvidsten were held from the First Lutheran church Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, with the Reverend Arthur Sorensen in charge of the service. Musical number s were: “Rock of Ages,” by a ladies’ chorus, and two vocal solos, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus” and “Abide With Me,” by Mrs. Carroll Hartwig, a granddaughter of the deceased, of Moorhead, Minn.
Pallbearers were six grandsons:-Curtis Lundeen, Earl and Richard Hvidsten, of Stephen; Allen Hvidsten of Neche, N.D.: Charles and Roger Hvidsten, of Grafton, N.D.
Interment, at the side of her husband in the Stephen cemetery, followed the church ceremony. A private service for members of the family had been held at the home at 1:30 P.M., with Kroke’s Funeral Service in charge of the home and church rites. Circle No. 2 served lunch at the parish hall after the services.
Mrs. Hvidsten had passed away at her home here Wednesday morning a t 8:15 o’clock, at the age of 80 years, her death ending a long period of invalidism which began when she fractured a hip in 1936. The end came peacefully, closing a lifetime of devoted Christian service to family and community.
Out-of-town friends and relatives attending the last rites included: Mr. and Mrs. Stan Thorson and family of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brown and family of Pembina; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hvidsten and family of Neche; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hvidsten and family of Grafton; Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Hartwig of Moorhead; Mrs. Robert Johnson of Minneapolis; Miss Jean Hvidsten, Moorhead; Mrs. Rachel Rajotte of Chicago; Mrs. Math Anderson, Math Sylskar, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sylskar, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sylskar, Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Trane, Mrs. Gust Nelson, Mrs. Eugene Johnson, Mrs. Ole A. Koland, Mr. and Mrs. C. Eskildson, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Koland, all of Karlstad; Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Hvidsten of Warren; Mr. and Mrs. Sophus Schmidt, and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Erickson, of Alvarado; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Naylor of Hallock; Mr. and Mrs. Christy Paulsen and Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Nelson of Bagley; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Anderson of Greenbush, and Norris Lund of Karlstad.
Content from Melissa Hvidsten’s Genealogy entry for Anna Sylskar at WorldConnect.
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