Olive M. Soufal — Rochester

ROCHESTER — The funeral for Olive M. Soufal will be at noon Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, with the Rev. William Otte officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Mrs. Soufal, 98, of Rochester, formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday (Oct. 31, 2006) at Charter House.

Olive Marie DeWitz was born July 20, 1908, in Elgin, and attended elementary school and high school in Elgin. On June 6, 1933, she married Clemens "Sam" Soufal in Plainview; he died Dec. 5, 1993. She was a teacher at Forest Mound School from 1928 to 1929; Wabasha Public School from 1929 to 1933; was a substitute teacher at the Elgin schools from 1933 to 1938; and taught at the Karsten School from 1938 to 1942. While her husband served in the Army during World War II, she taught in Abilene, Texas, in 1943; was a federal director of recreation in Los Angeles in 1944; and was a primary teacher in Los Angeles from 1944 to 1946. Following her husband’s discharge, they returned to Elgin, and she taught at Plainview Elementary School for many years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Winona State College in 1958 and was accepted in the master’s program at Winona in 1965. She was a longtime Elgin resident and moved to Rochester in 1994. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Elgin, and enjoyed golf, dancing, hunting, traveling and playing bridge.

There are no immediate survivors. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.

Friends may call an hour before the service at the church.


Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes of Rochester is in charge of arrangements.

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