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Sophie Amelia Lucy Rolf

Sophie Amelia Lucy Rolf, age 86, of Norwood Young America, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2007 at the Glencoe Regional Health Services.

She was born April 24, 1921 in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Julius L. and Margaret M. (Hoof) Tonn. Sophie was baptized May 15, 1921 by the Rev. Witzke; and confirmed in the faith by the Rev. E.J. Becker April 14, 1935.

Sophie was united in marriage with Herbert S. Rolf Aug. 20, 1941 at the Ev. Reformed Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. Seybold. The couple began their life together on a farm in Bergen Township, where they farmed.

After a time, Herbert and Sophie moved and operated a farm west of Arlington. After four years there, they moved to a farm in Dahlgren Township, Carver County. In the mid 1970s, the couple moved to a home in Norwood.

Sophie was employed at the Chaska Bakery and Central Schools in Norwood Young America, and was a devoted farm wife.

She was a member of Zoar United Church of Christ for 25 years, during which she served as treasurer from 1961-1969. She was also a member of the Women’s Guild of St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Sophie enjoyed cooking, canning, and gardening. She collected numerous bells, and enjoyed many fishing trips with her husband, Herbert.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Dennis Rolf; a daughter, Shirley Henderson; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Henry and Alice Rolf, Werner Albers, Elmer Rolf, and Hilda and Erwin Heimkes.

Sophie is survived by her grandchildren, Douglas Henderson (wife Heidi), Paula Sandstrom (husband Jeff), Jonathan Henderson (wife Kathi), Robyn Henderson, Denise Ellingson, Amy Villareal, Robert Rolf (wife Robyn), Monique Rolf, and Ganni Rolf; 18 great-grandchildren; son-in-law Keith Henderson; daughter-in-law Marie Rolf; sister Lila Schmidtke (husband Dave); brother Marvin Tonn (wife Mabel); sisters-in-law Irene Rolf and Emma Albers; as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at the St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bongards with the Rev. Richard Mark officiating. The organist was Penny Rolf. A duet was sung by Orlin and Kathleen Schneewind, and the Women’s Guild sang an anthem. Congregational hymns were “Have Thine Own Way Lord,”“Just As I Am,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Matthew Tonn, Maurice Tonn, Kevin Sons, Jeff Sons, Jeff Sandstrom, and Bill Mahler.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America.

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