The Obituary of Mrs. Olivia Fossey

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Wednesday, January 16, 1929
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Death never takes a vacation. Saturday, one of the coldest days of the winter, this grim reaper was hovering over the village of Lyle and as the day waned and the shades of night hung low, the spirit of Mrs. Olivia Fossey passed quietly from its earthly abiding place to that home beyond, from whence no traveler returns.

She was one of the pioneer mothers, who, by their example in home and church, helped to forward the better interests of the community. Yes, she, like too many of her friends who were here but recently has passed on, but many, who knew her ere the fatal malady, which wore away her strength during a long illness, had come to rob the home and community, will long cherish the memory of this gentle, God-fearing woman.

Olivia Christianson was born Jan. 6, 1858 in Branvol, Solor, Norway. She emigrated to America at the age of 20, and located in Mitchell county, Iowa. Here she was united in marriage to Anton Fossey, on Dec. 8, 1882, and resided on a farm in Otranto township, where her husband died on Dec, 18, 1910.

To this union were born nine children. They are Mrs. Clara Thompson of Milaca, Minn., Otto, Mrs. Hanna Martin, Charley, Eddie, Alf, Mense, Mrs. Eva Martin and George, all of this community. Besides these she leaves to mourn her departure 21 grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Charley Moen, of Cabri, Sask., Canada, and a brother residing in Norway.

In 1916 she moved from the farm to make her home in Lyle but on account of failing health she disposed of her home in 1926 and moved on Aug. 1, to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. G. A. Martin.

She was confined to her bed the last two years, and passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 1929 at the age of 70 years, 11 months, 30 days.

A kind and loving mother is now at rest. Blessed be her memory.

Funeral services were held at Lyle Lutheran church Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Langehough officiating. Interment was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. --Lyle Tribune