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Herbert Sam Rolf

Funeral services celebrating the life of Herbert Sam Rolf, age 90, of Norwood Young America, took place Tuesday, July 31 at St. John’s United Church Of Christ in Bongards. Herbert died Friday, July 27, 2007 at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care Unit.

Herbert was born May 31, 1917, in Hancock Township, Carver County, the son of Adam and Elizabeth (Kloempken) Rolf. He was baptized June 17, 1917 at the Zion Lutheran Church of Benton Township, and confirmed in the faith March 29, 1931 at the same church.

Herbert was united in marriage with Sophia Tonn Aug. 20, 1941 at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Lester Prairie. The couple began their life together on a farm in Bergen Township, McLeod County, where they farmed. Herbert was active on the Bergen Township Board and as a janitor for their church.

After a time, Herbert and Sophia moved to and operated a farm west of Arlington.

After four years, they moved to a farm in Dahlgren Township, Carver County. While on their farm near Chaska, Herbert was active on the Chaska Creamery Board and the Dahlgren Township Board.

In the mid 1970s, Herbert and Sophia moved to a home in Norwood. Remaining active, Herbert often did custom farm work for neighboring farmers.

After moving to town, he worked for Wacker Implement in Glencoe delivering machinery, and for Thalmann Seeds helping with fall fieldwork. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Elizabeth Rolf; a son, Dennis Rolf; a daughter, Shirley Henderson; brother, Henry Rolf and his wife, Alice; brother Elmer Rolf; sister Hilda Heimkes and her husband, Erwin; and brother-in-law Werner Albers.

He is survived by his wife, Sophia, of Norwood Young America; daughter-in-law Marie Rolf of Redwood Falls; son-in-law Keith Hendersen of Montrose; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Albers of Green Isle; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Irene Rolf of Norwood Young America, Marvin and Mabel Tonn of Lester Prairie, and Lila and Dave Schmidtke of Faribault; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The Rev. Richard Mark officiated at the 11 a.m. funeral service. Organist was Joyce Willems, and the musical selections were “Have Thy Own Way Lord,” “Just As I Am,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” A duet of “How Great Thou Art” was sung by Orlin and Kathleen Schneewind. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Donald Rolf, Leonard Albers, Matthew Tonn, Maurice Tonn, Kevin Sons, and Bill Mahler.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America handled the arrangements.

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