Mabel S. Rolf, age 92, of Cologne, went to be with her Lord Jesus Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Belleville, MI.
Mabel was born March 15, 1945, to Henry and Sophia (Lueders) Sonnenberg in St. Paul.
She was confirmed in her faith in Jesus Christ her Savior under the training of the Rev. Carl Hoffman and Oswald Hoffman at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, where later she was married March 24, 1945, to Werner Rolf a farmer in Hancock Township. This is where she lived and raised a family for the next 27 years, until retiring to a home in Cologne, and later Chaska.
Mabel was blessed in many ways on the farm in Hancock Twp. She enjoyed raising chickens and cows, working at the county fair, being a supervisor for purchasing/retail at Montgomery Wards, and doing tax preparation and census twice.
The last three and one-half years, she had lived with her daughter, Bonita, in Belleville, MI, after living in Chaska Moravian Apartments, next to her daughter, Joycelyn for five years.
Mabel was preceded in death by her loving husband, Werner Rolf, after 50 years of marriage; her parents, Henry and Sophia Sonnenberg; and her brother Harold Sonnenberg of San Jose, CA.
She is survived by her three children, Kenneth Rolf of Golden Valley, Bonita and Fred Priebe of Belleville, MI, and Joycelyn Rolf of Chaska; four grandchildren, Shannon Rolf of Milwaukee, WI; Nathan and Rachel (James) Rolf of Minneapolis, Paul and Julie (Putman) Priebe of Cayuga, IN, and Kathryn and Joseph O’Kelley of Wayne, MI; four great-grandchildren, Kalia Guzman, Benjamin, and Colin O’Kelley, and Elijah Rolf; her sister-in-law, Marsha Sonnenberg of San Jose, CA; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Friday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township, with the Rev. Eric Zacharias officiating. There was visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Casket bearers were Paul Priebe, Donald Koepp, Nathan Rolf, Jerry Kahle, Kevin Latzke, and Lynn Zellman.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.