Olive 'Madelia' Wangsness -- Austin

AUSTIN -- Private family services for Olive "Madelia" Wangsness will be held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, with Rev. David Beckstrom officiating.

Mrs. Wangsness, 96, of Austin died Friday (April 29, 2005) at Adams Healthcare Center. She was born Sept. 1, 1908, in Ringsted, Iowa.

After attending schools in Ringsted and Algona, Iowa, she took nurses training at the Norwegian-American School in Chicago, where she became licensed as a registered nurse. After moving to Ames, Iowa, she met Melvin Wangsness. They were married Dec. 18, 1932, in Montevideo, Minn. He preceded her in death. They lived in various places throughout the United States until 1937 when they moved to Roseau, Minn. They later moved to Fayette, Iowa, and then to West Union, Iowa. After her husband's death, Mrs. Wangsness moved to Austin to be near her family. She lived at Burr Oak Manor and Adams Healthcare Center the past few years.

Survivors include one son, Robert (Diana) of Austin; one daughter, Carol Fay (John Prestidge) EisenKlam of Nashua, N.H.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Arnold (Velma) Anderson of Seattle.

She was preceded in death by one son, one grandson, one brother, and one sister.

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