Olivia Fossey obituary

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Saturday, January 5, 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 Olivia Fossey passed quietly from its night hung low, the spirit of Mrs. 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 so 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 was Mrs. Clara Thompson if Milaca, Minn, Otto, Mrs. Hannah Martin, Charley, Eddie, Alf, Mense, Mrs. Eva Marin, 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. 1st, 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 mo. and 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. 8th at 1:30 P. M., Rev. Langehough officiating. Interment was made in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.