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Caroline Christine Sondergaard

The funeral service for Caroline Sondergaard, 97, of Ellsworth, formerly of Westbrook, will be at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the church and will continue on Monday one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery in Dovray. Caroline Christine Sondergaard was born on October 27, 1919, in Dovray Township, Murray County, Minnesota to Hans and Marie (Cohrs) Asmussen. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at the German Lutheran Church in Dovray and later confirmed there. Caroline received her education attending country school District #31 near Dovray and later attended Canby Vocational School. As a young woman, she helped on the family farm until her marriage to Wilson Rupp on September 6, 1945, at the Trinity Lutheran parsonage in Westbrook. Following their marriage, they farmed in Storden Township and also raised their four children there. After Wilson’s death, Caroline married Albert Sondergaard on November 11, 1966. They made their home in Westbrook and Caroline continued to reside there following Albert’s death in 1992. In addition to being a homemaker, Caroline worked as a nurse’s aide at the Good Samaritan home for three years and was employed for 13.5 years as a bookkeeper at the Farmer’s Elevator Company in Westbrook. As an active church member, Caroline taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at Our Savior’s and Bethany Lutheran, served on the church council at Trinity, participated in WELCA and the Altar Guild. Caroline was a 4-H leader, and active in the VFW Auxiliary and the Senior Citizen’s Center. Favorite leisure activities included gardening, flowers, fishing, sewing, quilt-making, reading and being with family. Caroline died on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Parkview Manor in Ellsworth, MN. She is survived by her two sons Jerome (and Mona) Rupp of Sioux Falls, SD, and Wayne (and Debbie) Rupp of Westbrook, MN, two daughters Joan (and Larry) Syverson of Fairmont and Connie (and Richard) Gaul of Ellsworth, sisters Luella Anderson and Betty Natterstad of Westbrook, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Wilson Rupp and Albert Sondergaard, sister Christine Asmussen and brothers Ernest Asmussen and Hans Asmussen, brothers-in-law Alfred Rupp, Milfred Anderson, Robert Hass and Mandel Natterstadt and nephew Edwin Rupp. Arrangements with Life Remembrance Center of Tracy www.lrcmn.com 507.629.4510

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