Senior Connections Senior Connections Dec. 2018

Connecting Seniors Through News, Information, and Advertising December 2018 VOLUME 1 | NO. 5 Senior Connections HJ.COM GRAB ONE - FREE! Howard Lake woman celebrates 100th birthday DEB COX-JOHNSON Correspondent Alice Wolfstellar told family members she “didn’t want a big fuss” to celebrate her birthday – certainly nothing like the last big birthday par- ty. That party celebrated her 90th birthday, and included her fi rst-ever motorcycle ride. But, that was not to be, as more than 200 fam- ily members and friends joined her Oct. 28, in the gym/fellowship hall at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake, to help her mark this milestone. The party was planned and organized by her nieces and nephew. Early on, Wolfstellar received a surprise in the form of a ride in a horse-drawn carriage decorat- ed to resemble the carriage made for Cinderella out of a pumpkin. Her nephew, Theodore Woyke, created the one-of-a-kind carriage. Wolfstellar has had a decades-long relationship with St. James Church and School, which began in her childhood before she was even a Howard Lake resident. She was born on her family’s farm in Silver Lake, and attended the two-room schoolhouse in Hill Township. Later, she boarded with a family in Howard Lake, so she could attend eighth grade at St. James and be confi rmed there. Alice Wolfstellar celebrated her 100th birthday in grand style, beginning with a ride in a Cinderella carriage. Senior Connections When she was 17, she met her future husband, Carl Wolfstellar, “an Annandale boy,” at a local dance. They married on her 20th birthday, Oct. 20, 1938. Both of them loved to dance and con- tinued to follow the bands they loved “well into the 80s.” Carl’s family had two farms, and the newly- weds purchased the smaller farm of about 70 acres from his parents. They built the house and all of the outbuildings from start to fi nish. They loved their farm and that way of life, but in the 1950s, farming methods began to change. Threshing machines were replaced by combines, and tractors replaced earlier equipment. The Wolfstellars, having no children to pass the farm down to, were faced with a diffi cult decision. They weighed the expense of mod- ernizing their equipment and methods, and decided that, at that stage of their lives, the costs were too high. Reluc- tantly, they decided to sell the farm and move into Howard Lake. Alice was saddened to leave the farm and all they had built, but never talk- ed about it. She didn’t want to make it “harder on Carl.” By then, they had been members of St. James Lutheran Church for all the years of their marriage, and they de- cided to build a new home just a few blocks away. Both immediately found jobs in the community. Carl went to work in the creamery. He never missed a day of work until his retirement. Alice started working right away at the bakery, but was soon forced to look for something different, due to her pre- SUBMITTED PHOTO More ALICE on Pg 12 is distributed to: Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfi eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted