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Louise Thorson

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Memorial services for Louise Thorson, 87, of Storm Lake, will be held on Saturday, September 28, at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Storm Lake.

Burial will be a private graveside service at the Clinton-Garfield Cemetery near Rolfe. There will be no visitation. Powers Funeral Home in Rolfe is handling arrangements.

Louise Thorson, age 87, of Storm Lake, formerly of Rolfe, died Friday, September 20, at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Ethel Louise Neal was born April 22, 1915, at Moorhead. She was the daughter of John and Blanche (Schmidt) Neal. She graduated Moorhead High School in 1933 and from Morningside College in 1937. She taught for a year at Washta before moving to Rolfe to teach at the DMT School. On June 10, 1941, Louise married Melvin Thorson at Moorhead. The couple settled near Rolfe where they farmed. In 1956, Louise resumed teaching at West Bend and later at Havelock-Plover Schools. She taught elementary music at Rolfe before retiring in the mid 1960's due to health complications related to the early stages of MS. In 1975, Melvin and Louise retired from farming and moved into Rolfe. In May of 1995, they moved to the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. Melvin died in August of 1995.

Louise was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the church circle and she was choir director for many years. In addition to teaching the violin, she was a member of the Sioux City Symphony and Cherokee Symphony. She also played the violin for many functions and in her later years at many nursing homes.

Survivors include her son, Lee and Roxana Fudge Thorson of Storm Lake; a daughter, Carol and Charles Morello of Eveleth, MN; three grandchildren, Charles Morello III, Elizabeth Perrill, Geoffrey and Melissa Perrill; a brother, Clair, and Maxine Neal of Jackson, MI; and sisters, Lucille Mugge of Cedar Falls, and Enid and Robert Petersen of Anthon.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin and childhood sister, Edith.