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Mildred A. Holen, 93

Mildred Alvina Holen of Somerset died March 22, 2009 at Presbyterian Nursing Home of Roseville, Minn. at the age of 93.

Mildred was born on Oct. 21, 1915 to Ernst and Anna Papenfuss. She was baptized, confirmed and was a lifelong member at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Farmington, Wis.

Mildred graduated from Osceola High School in the spring of 1931 (she skipped two grades) and went to Polk County Normal in St. Croix Falls and graduated with a teaching certificate in the spring of 1932. She taught from 1933-1935 at Forest View School in East Farmington. From 1936-1938 she taught at Lamar School in St. Croix Falls.

On April 6, 1940 she was married to Selmer Alfred Holen. They farmed for three years on his home place in Horse Creek before moving to Somerset Township in April 1944 where they operated a dairy farm until 1979. She continued to live on the farm until July 2007.

She was active in Zion Ladies Aid and Circle and taught Sunday school from 1949-1950 and from 1963-1971. She taught Vacation Bible School from 1963-1971. She served for 17 years as the church secretary. In her younger years, playing the accordion for area dances was her passion. Mildred enjoyed caring for her chickens, canning and freezing garden produce and growing her beautiful glads.

Selmer preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 1980. She helped to care for her uncle William C. Arndt and her aunt Elsie Olson as well as her parents in their last years.

She is survived by children: Gene (Jill) Holen of Shoreview, Minn., Janice (Don) Shoeman of Shoreview, Minn., Judy (Tom-deceased) Lillesve of Stillwater, Minn. and Gerald (Mary) Holen of Roseville, Minn. She was blessed with eight grandchildren - Brian, Shelley, Kyle, Anna, Laura, Jill, Beth, Jonathan; and 7 great-grandchildren. She is survived by a brother, Morris (Lillian) Papenfuss of Arden Hills, Minn.

Funeral services were at Zion Evangelical Lutheran church at East Farmington, Wis. on March 25 with Pastor Sengbusch and Pastor Staab officiating. Pallbearers were her grandchildren. Interment was in the Oakgrove Cemetery in East Farmington, Wis.

Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, Wis.