Olga Affeldt, 84Olga Affeldt, 84, died Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Diamond Willow in Alexandria.
Olga Affeldt, 84, died Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Diamond Willow in Alexandria.
Olga was born September 25, 1927 in Spruce Hill Township, the daughter of Gottlieb and Paulina (Gezell) Rieder. She was one of eight children. Olga attended kindergarten in Fairmont and elementary schools in Parkers Prairie and Garfield. She graduated from Central High School in Alexandria in June of 1946.
Olga’s first job was working at Travelers Inn Café as a waitress. She met her future husband Arthur Affeldt while working at Travelers. They fell in love and were united in marriage on September 1, 1946 in Garfield at St. John’s Lutheran Church parsonage.
The young couple bought their first home in Alexandria and began their new lives together. They were blessed with six children, Jeannie, Marlys, Wendy, Joseph, Mark and Rita. After the kids were in school, Olga went back to work as a waitress at Bill’s Broadway Café. She then went to work at Arrowwood Hotel and Resort in 1970 and retired from there in 1983.
Olga and Arthur built a home on Lake Jessie in 1974 to enjoy their retirement years. Together they enjoyed trips to casinos and long drives in the country to look for any signs of wildlife. She thoroughly enjoyed seeing a doe with her baby fawns or big bald eagles. Olga took many trips during the winter months with Arthur to Truth and Consequences, New Mexico, where Art loved to fish and Olga loved the scenery. Olga liked to tend to her gardens and was always ready to play a game with whomever would be ready to challenge her. Her favorite game was Triple Yahtzee. She loved her family and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Arthur Affeldt; daughters, Jeanie (Bill) Guenther of Spring Lake Park, Marlys Affeldt of Alexandria, Wendy Welle of Alexandria, Rita (Kim) Barros of Alexandria; son, Mark (Ann) Affeldt of Clearwater; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Emil Reider of Minneapolis; and sister, Marie Klicke of Howard Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Carol Johnson and Rose Olson; brothers, Carl Rieder and Arnold Rieder; Bill Gezell; infant son, Joseph Affeldt; and grandson, Thomas Barros.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, October 1 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria. Casket bearers were John Kluver, Chris Guenther, Mark Affeldt Jr., Levi Barros, Austin Kluver and Richard Hemmelgarn. Honorary casket bearers were Jacob Barros and Scot Guenther.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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