Alma (Gieseke) Voges

COURTLAND – Alma (Gieseke) Voges, 97, of Courtland, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Courtland with Pastor Wayne Bernau officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and continuing for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

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Alma is survived by her children, Lloyd (Naomi) Voges of Courtland, Joanne (Roger) Hulke of New Ulm, Vivian (Florian) Drexler of Gettysburg, S.D., Arlene Nash of Thornton, Colo., son-in-law, Lester Oswald of Lafayette; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; siblings, William (Betty) Gieseke, Vernon (Myrtle) Gieseke, James Gieseke all of New Ulm, Leorda Marxhausen of Bloomington, Marie (Allen) Leinberger of Beverly Hills, Fla..; sister-in-law, Delores Gieseke of Mahnomen, Evelyn Gieseke of Henderson, and Irma Ulrich of Eagan.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin Voges on January 19, 1992; daughter, Corinne Oswald; grandson, Michael Voges; siblings, Edwin (Leanora) Gieseke, Myrtle (Waldemar) Fischer, Reinhold (Mildred) Gieseke, Erna Schugel and her husbands, Sylvester Thill and Harold Schugel, Marlin (June) Gieseke, Gerald Gieseke, Lorenz Gieseke; sister-in-law, Maureen Gieseke; and brothers-in-law, John Marxhausen and Ervin Ulrich.

Alma Gieseke was born in Brighton Township, Nicollet County, on September 10, 1916 to William and Marie (Ulrich) Gieseke. She was united in marriage to Melvin Voges on May 28, 1939 at Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton Township. Together, they farmed in Brighton Township until retiring in 1980. Alma continued to live on the farm until moving to Courtland in 1996. She always enjoyed the view of Swan Lake from their farm. In her early years, Alma loved to bowl and garden, especially flowers. She enjoyed many different types of craftwork, including quilting and crocheting afghans. Alma was a member of the Dorcus Society and Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Courtland.

Memorials are preferred to Immanuel Lutheran School in Courtland.

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