Ethel Elvina Cafourek — Austin

AUSTIN — The funeral for Ethel Elvina Cafourek will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin.

Mrs. Cafourek, 94, of Austin, died Wednesday (July 9, 2008) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Ethel Heimsness was born Nov. 4, 1913, in Beaver Township, Fillmore County. She grew up on a farm near Ostrander and later Spring Valley, attended schools in Spring Valley and Austin, then served as a live-in nanny. She married Robert L. Cafourek on April 24, 1932, in Austin, where she made her home and reared six children. She and Robert Cafourek were later divorced.

She attained her GED and college credits. She later married Elmer Cafourek; he preceded her in death.

A Younkers employee, she belonged to St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Women of the Moose. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, embroidery and baking, and loved spending time with her family and displaying the photos she took of her family members.


Survivors include two sons, Ronald (Joan) Cafourek of Osage, Iowa, and Darrell (Rachelle) Cafourek of Albert Lea; four daughters, Elvina (David) Solomonson of Austin, Betty (Norlan) Stalhiem of Albert Lea, Karen (Robert) Carlson of Rochester and Connie (Mitch) Page of Englewood, Colo.; 21 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Darlene Johnson of Albert Lea; and a brother, Ray (Deloris) Heimsness of Austin. She was preceded in death by her husbands, two brothers, four sisters and a great-great-grandchild.

Friends may call an hour before the service at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements.

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