Harriet Velde

Aug. 3, 1919-Jan. 10, 2013

GRANITE FALLS – Services for Harriet Velde, 93, of Granite Falls will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. Burial will be at Yellow Medicine Lutheran East Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls.

She died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Clarkfield Care Center.

Harriet Corinne (Cole) Velde was born Aug. 3, 1919, to Christian and Helga (Slotten) Cole, in Sandes Township. She was baptized on Aug. 24, 1919, and confirmed on May 28, 1933, in Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. She attended school in Hanley Falls graduating in 1936. After graduating from the post graduate Marietta School and Mankato Commercial College, she worked for the Yellow Medicine County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Clarkfield.

Harriet was united in marriage to Gerald Jerome Velde on June 1, 1941, at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church. To this union two daughters and one son were born. Harriet was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She was a supportive partner in their lifelong farming operation. She was a dedicated, life-long member of Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church, active in WELCA, as a Sunday School teacher, circle bible studies and helping coordinate a lefse committee for the annual lutefisk suppers. She also started the Four Leaf Clovers 4-H club. Harriet enjoyed being with friends in the neighborhood Birthday Club, Homemakers and Red Hats. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing many wedding dresses, baptism dresses and suits. Quilts were sewn with love for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mesa Children’s Crises Center, Lake Shetek Ministries and WELCA charities too. Knitting and crocheting were also her hobbies. Harriet always had the coffee pot on and homemade goodies were always in overabundance to share. Countless family gatherings and picnics were held, at her organizing. She enjoyed traveling, Arizona winters, dancing and was very proud of her Norwegian heritage.

Survivors include her children, Vonnie (and Duane) Severson of Clarkfield; Tim (and Connie) Velde of Granite Falls; Colleen (and Rick) Hewitt of Granite Falls; grandchildren Grant (and Becky) Velde of Granite Falls; Kelli Velde of Pipestone; Jacob (and Gen) Velde of Pipestone; Amanda (and Charles) Lecy of Hazel Run; Deanna Stahl, Kari (and Michael) VanDenHemel, Charles (and Heidi) Hewitt, Andrew (and Heather) Hewitt all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; great-grandchildren Brooke and Tyson Velde, Hunter McKinney, Emma, Zoe & Caleb Velde, Hannah, William and Seth Lecy, Morgan Stahl, Kirsten, Megan, Sydney and Christopher VanDenHemel, Benjamin Gerald and Madelyn Hewitt; sisters-in-law: Ellayne (and LeRoy) Velde-Conyers of Marshall, Louise Cole of Saskatoon, Sask., Canada and Artys Cole of Ellendale; brother-in-law Leon (and Gerry) Velde of Granite Falls; and nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Gerald in 2011; parents Christian and Helga Cole; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tolerius and Ella (Kalberg) Velde; brothers Lawrence Cole, Roy (Cecil) Cole, Joe Cole and sister Pearl (Don) Brabender.