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Romayne Olson Schlagel, 89 of Battle Lake died Monday, July 1, 2019, at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center.
Romayne Udell Albertson was born on April 24, 1930, at home in Maine Township, rural Underwood, Minnesota the daughter of Oliver Nelver Albertson and Hazel Sarafine (Bjork) Albertson. At five months of age Romayne’s father died. She attended school in Leaf Mountain Township District #168 and then continued her education with the Henning Public School. After her schooling during the depression years, Romayne worked for families cooking, cleaning and taking care of children. This is where she learned her talents for making bread and delicious fried chicken.
On November 2, 1946, she married Donald Berten Olson in Vining, Minnesota. They had four children, Dona, Dale, Diane and Dennis. They lived a short time on a farm by Henning, before purchasing their dairy farm in Folden Township. She was a homemaker and after her family was raised she worked as a Social Service Homemaker. Romayne attended Alexandria Technical College becoming a Home Health Aid and then worked as a Switch Board Operator for Otter Tail County. She enjoyed cooking, baking bread, gardening, canning, crocheting, embroidering and was an excellent seamstress sewing many of the children’s clothes and was very artistic and would draw and paint. Romayne was active in the Folden Lutheran Church, had taught Sunday School and waitressed for the Syetten Mai dinner. After fifty years of marriage, Donald passed away on November 27, 1996.
On December 20, 1997, Romayne married Ralph Schlagel and they made their home in Tucson, Arizona. After ten years of marriage Ralph passed away and Romayne continued to live in Tucson for seven more years and then returned to Vining to be closer to family.
She is survived by two daughters, Dona (Mike) Currie and Diane (Dave) Brown both of Vining; two daughters-in-law, Diane Olson of Henning and Leslie Olson of Maple Grove; two brothers, Marlin (Pat) Listrom of Perham and Delmar (Nancy) Listrom of Alexandria; twelve grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren; and by numerous relatives and friends. Romayne was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Olson and Ralph Schlagel; two sons, Dale Olson and Dennis Olson; granddaughter, Jacqueline Olson; four sisters, Louise Nelson, Bonnie Herness, Beverly Bjerketvedt, Selma Alfredson, infant sister Delaine Listrom and by one infant brother, Calmer Listrom.
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM, Monday, July 8, 2019, at Folden Lutheran Church of rural Vining.
Visitation: one hour prior to the service.
Clergy: Rev. Rud Wasson
Interment: Folden Church Cemetery
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake.