FAIRMONT - Mass of Christian burial for Velma F. Grathwohl, 91, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Fairmont.
Velma passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2013, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont with her family at her side. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Velma Fae (Thate) Grathwohl was born Sept. 11, 1922, in Fairmont, the daughter of Edward and Emma (Meyer) Thate. She attended country school in Martin County. On Dec. 27, 1943, she was united in marriage to Marvin Grathwohl in Fairmont. After their marriage they farmed in Martin County, first south of Fairmont and then moved to a farm on Amber Lake in 1955. In 1969, they moved to a farm south of East Chain until they retired from farming in1976 and built a house on North Silver Lake. In Oct. of 1992, Marvin passed away and in 1994, Velma moved into Fairmont. In the early years Velma enjoyed going to dances with Marvin and ice fishing trips they would take up north. She also enjoyed playing cards and taking care of big gardens and everything that went with it. Velma was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Those that will cherish her memory include her four children, Bobbie Maday and her husband, Dwayne of Fairmont, Jeanne Lindberg and her husband, Ron of Fairmont, Steve Grathwohl and his wife, Pat of East Chain, and Pam Askevold and her husband, Jon of Fairmont; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren; one sister, Alvie Hegener of Fairmont; two brothers, Kenneth Thate and his wife, Betty of Fairmont, and DuWayne Thate of Fairmont; sisters-in-law, Pat Hansen of Sherburn, Phyllis Garrison of Truman and Ruby Grathwohl of Fairmont; brother-in-law, Jim Grathwohl and his wife, Jean of Beloit, Wis.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Marvin, Velma was also preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis Standal, and several brothers-in-law.