Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010 at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe with Pastor Stephen Rasmusson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. at Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with prayer service at 7 p.m. and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be in Alta Vista Cemetery, rural Porter, MN. For online condolences, please visit our website at www.birkfuneralhome.com.
Ellen Alphina (Olesen) Hauschild was born in Luck, Wisconsin (Polk County) on October 16, 1919 to Martin and Hulda (Hansen) Olesen. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Her parents died when she was 8 years old. She lived with her brother George and Lucy Olesen and then in 1930 she lived with foster parents, William and Anna Stark, rural Hendricks, Minnesota until 1941. She attended country schools in Wisconsin, New Grove in Lincoln County, and graduated in 1937 from Ivanhoe High School. She attended teacher training courses in Ivanhoe, Minnesota and taught in country schools for 3 years in Lincoln County.
She was married to Hugo Herman Hauschild on June 10, 1941 at the home of William and Anna Stark, rural Hendricks. To that marriage, 6 children were born. They farmed in the Ivanhoe and Minneota areas from 1944 to 1977. During World War II, Ellen and Hugo lived in Washington and Florida and then returned to Minnesota. Hugo passed away in January 1979; they had been married for 37 years.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Taunton until 1977 and then became a member of Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe. She had been an active member of women’s serving units and Bible studies at Bethany-Elim and was Sunday school teacher and member of the women’s serving group at Bethlehem Lutheran.
She volunteered as an Ambassador for MiSCCA (Minnesota Society of Crippled Children’s Association) for 30 years and also was a volunteer worker for three years for mentally challenged children. Ellen was a former member of the Ivanhoe VFW Auxiliary and Home Study Club in Ivanhoe. During World War II, she was a volunteer worker for OPA (Federal Office of Administration). She enjoyed embroidery work, playing cards, Scrabble, and Wahoo, and working crossword & word search puzzles.
Ellen is remembered by her children Jim (Mary) Hauschild of Redwood Falls, MN; Bob Hauschild of rural Pierz, MN; Lois Birr of Alexandria, MN; Dick (Linda) Hauschild of Albany, MN; Karen (Chuck) Banta of Layton, UT; and Mary Carol Hauschild of Marshall, MN; grandchildren Ellie (Tim) Ortmann; Paul (Kristi) Hauschild; Deb (Jim) Vedral; Scott Birr; Julie Hauschild; Lisa Hauschild; Matthew (Echo) Kurr; Michael Kurr; 16 great-grandchildren; and one soon to be great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugo; parents Martin and Hulda Olesen; foster parents William and Anna Stark; one sister Alphina Olesen and three brothers George, Adolph, and Ernest Olesen.