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Olga H. Howell, 83

Olga Hulda (Konn) Howell, age 83, of Annandale, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Birchwood Residential Hospice in Hutchinson.

She was born April 1, 1925, in New Effington, SD, to Adolf and Hulda (Polnau) Konn. She was baptized July 5, 1925, and confirmed July 24, 1938, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sisseton, SD.

Olga attended the Old Effington Independent one-room school for eight years, and the New Effington High School, where she graduated with the class of 1943.

Following graduation, Olga was employed by the US Department of Agriculture with farm programs until her marriage.

She was united in marriage to Herschuel Howell Oct. 22, 1954; to this union, three children were born: Samuel, Daniel, and Gregory.

Olga was faithful to her church. She was a member of the Altar Guild, Bible studies, and volunteered in various areas of the church.

One of her greatest joys was being the founder of Rejoice Lutheran Church in Clearwater. Olga planted the seed for this church by writing a letter of inquiry to the ELCA Synod regarding the starting of a church in Clearwater.

A devoted homemaker, Olga was known among her friends for her pies.

She was a member of the Annandale Care Center Auxiliary and Camp Friendship Auxiliary.

Olga enjoyed card games, shopping, and her grandchildren. She treasured her friends, both those in Minnesota, and the Iowa Street friends she had in Arizona.

She is survived by her husband, Herschuel, of Annandale; three sons and their spouses, Samuel and Karen (Hayes) of Bloomington, Daniel and Dianne (Gustin) of Rosemount, and Gregory and Rebecca (Olson) of Cokato; and seven grandchildren, Evan, Tim, Benjamin, Madeline, James, David, and Michael.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Hayes Howell; her parents; a brother, Melvin; two sisters, Martha and Ella; and a nephew, Calvin Konn.

The funeral service was Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale with the Rev. Dave Nelson officiating. Music was provided by Pam Wolfe, Samone Ekholm, and Orma Lou Jacobsma. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends called Friday, March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued Saturday for one hour prior to services at the church.

Pallbearers were Jim Hobbs and Dave Hobbs, Jeff Konn, Dale Rhoe, Gene Wadman, and Clifford Franzen.

Memorials are preferred to Habitat for Humanity.

Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale. Obituary, guestbook and video tribute are available online at dingmannfuneral.com