Adele Oien, 93, Luverne, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at Sanford USD Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at East Nidaros Cemetery in rural Baltic, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 22, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.
Dorothy Maxine Adele Sckerl was born to Max and Marie (Fromberg) Sckerl on May 29, 1925, on the family farm near Lake City, South Dakota. She attended country school through the eighth grade and continued with high school in Lake City. Her father died when she was 10 and in March of her junior year in high school her mother also passed away. An older brother, Alfred and Lorraine Sckerl, lived in Rapid City at that time and she began her senior year in Rapid City. During that year Alfred obtained a new job and moved with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio. Adele finished her senior year at Webster High School in Webster, South Dakota, and lived with an older sister, Alice and Cornelius Wells.
After graduation Adele moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, worked in the payroll department at Wright Aeronautical, an airplane engine factory, during World War II and then returned to South Dakota. Adele enrolled in a bookkeeping program at Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Following graduation, she worked in the accounting departments of Tuthill Lumber Company and the Sioux Empire Equipment Company.
Adele married Ordell Oien on Oct. 1, 1949, at East Nidaros Lutheran Church near Baltic, South Dakota. The couple lived on the farm near Baltic where Ordell grew up and farmed with his aunt and uncle, Adolph and Carrie Moen. The Oiens moved to Luverne in 1960, and Adele later took a job at Culligan Water in the office where she worked for 28 years before retiring.
Adele was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she served as financial secretary for a number of years in the 1960s. She and Ordell enjoyed visiting people, polka music, fishing, playing cards and spending time at their cabin on Lake Sarah. After retiring she participated in quilting and Bible study at Grace and rediscovered a love and enjoyment of reading. She also learned to crochet, and especially enjoyed crocheting afghans for each of her grandchildren. Adele enjoyed baking chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren.
Adele lived the last five years at The Oaks apartments in Luverne, where she enjoyed spending time with new and old friends and going out for coffee and breakfast at various restaurants.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Tom) Wesely of Plymouth and their children, Julie (Kevin) Cody and their children Hannah and Micah of Bloomington, Indiana, and Kyle Wesely of Edina; her son-in-law Bob (Julie) Hermann of Buffalo City, Wisconsin; Bob and Danita’s children, Rob (Cari) Hermann and their sons, Will and Lex of Riverside, Illinois; Chris Hermann of Winona; Mark (Andrea) Hermann and their son, Evan and daughter, Camille of Woodbury; Joel (Michelle) Hermann of Kellogg; Tim (Jada) Hermann and their daughter, Harper of Kellogg; special friends, Sharon and Glen Hoekman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
Adele was preceded in death by her husband, Ordell, in November of 2009; a daughter, Danita “Dani” Hermann in August of 1986; six brothers, Rudolf, Alfred, Bernard, Herbert, Otto, and Walter Sckerl; and six sisters, Magda Unger, Alice Wells, Adeline Daker, Margarete Rovn, Connie Hammond, and Irene Larson.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.