Mae L. Lieske, age 96, a long time resident of the Henderson community, died Jan. 5, 1998 at the Lutheran home in Mankato.
A funeral service was held Jan. 8, 1998 at Centennial Lutheran Church, Henderson, Minn. at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Benjamin Buck officiating. The congregational hymns were "Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and Praise to the Lord, the Almighty."
A visitation was held the prior evening at Kolden Funeral Chapel in Henderson which included a devotional mediation conducted by the Reverend Buck.
Mae Louise (Lavrence) Lieske was born Aug. 5, 1901 at Henderson, Minn., a daughter of Gustav and Louise (Stiehm) Lavrence.
She was baptized into the Christian faith Aug. 17, 1901 by the Reverend Julius Klopeteg, pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Henderson. Also there on April 5, 1914 she publicly confessed her faith and promised faithfulness to her Savior and Lord in a rite of confirmation officiated by the Reverend Max Lehmann.
Mae attended the Henderson Public School and graduated in 1918, having completed her high school courses in three years, valedictorian of her class.
She was employed as a clerk at Fairmont Mercantile, Fairmont, Minn.; Blasing Drug Store, Henderson, Minn., and then Henderson Mercantile (Farmers Store), Henderson until the time of her marriage.
On June 15, 1927 she was married to George W. Lieske, Henderson Township, by the Reverend John Busch of St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington Township.
The couple lived and farmed 2 1/2 miles west of Henderson for 36 years. They were blessed with four children.
In 1963 they purchased the Henderson Mercantile and operated it until retiring in 1967. During these years and until the death of her husband in 1971, they lived in the apartment above the store.
Following the sale of the building, Mae lived in a trailer home and later in a Sibley Estates East apartment in Henderson, followed by three years in Zins Apartments, Nicollet with her daughter, Harriet; followed by a year of residence at the Mankato Lutheran Home.
Until shortly before her death there she enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, and dominoes with family, friends and staff at the home.
Mae was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington Township and also at Centennial, Henderson. She was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and held various offices on both local and zone level. She worked in LWML county fair booths and helped with vacation Bible school and church dinners.
Mae was also active in civic and community affairs. She was a 4-H adult leader and a County Home Extension Group leader, a member of the Golden Age Club, participated in and chaired hobby shows, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was a community funds solicitor and transportation driver.
In 1980 she was chosen Outstanding Senior Citizen of Sibley County and represented the county at the Minnesota State Fair.
Mae was blessed with good health and until her mid 80's was caretaker and guide at the Sibley County Historical Museum in Henderson and treasurer of the Sibley County Historical Society.
At the age of 94, she was the oldest senior citizen at the McLeod County picnic and crowned Senior Citizen queen, being recognized at the McLeod County Fair in 1995.
Mae is survived by her children and their spouses: Harriet and Ervin Seefeldt of Lester Prairie, Shirley and Kenneth Bode of Nicollet, Janice and Dean Rudloff of Silver Bay and Wilbur and Jacie Lieske of Mankato; 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mae was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers: Fred, Earnest, Walter, Edward and Herman Lavrence; one sister, Elsie Lavrence; son-in-law, Donald Trost, three grandchildren, Kathleen, Douglas and Jonathan Trost; one great grandchild, Joshua Bode; 10 brothers-in-law and 11 sisters-in-law.
Casketbearers were her grandsons: Thomas and Timothy, Daniel and David Trost, Jody, Gregory and Brian Lieske. Funeral arrangements were by Kolden Funeral Service of Le Sueur/Henderson. Interment was in Brown Cemetery, Henderson.