Charlotte Korthals

Charlotte Korthals

Charlotte H. Korthals, 98, Hills, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.

Charlotte Smith was born Dec. 12, 1921, to Abram and Marie (Lobbes) Smith in Steen. She attended country school through the eighth grade and later earned her graduate equivalency degree.

On Jan. 8, 1942, Charlotte married Dick Korthals at her parents’ home in Steen. The couple farmed south of Luverne until 1954, when they then moved to South Dakota for a few years. They returned to Luverne in 1962 and continued to farm. After her children were grown, Charlotte worked as a clerk at George’s Bakery and later at Nelson Brothers Grocery. Dick died in May 1993 and Charlotte continued to reside in their home. In 2003 she started working at the Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne and later worked as a home aide and housekeeper. In July 2007 Charlotte became a resident at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

Charlotte was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne and through her life was active in the Rebecca Circle and was a member of the Friendship Club. She volunteered for a time at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing.

Charlotte is survived by her four children, Richard (Velma) Korthals of Parker, South Dakota, Marlys Pietz of Sibley, Iowa, Janice Besta of Beresford, South Dakota, and Carla (Todd) Myers of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a daughter-in-law, Jolene Korthals of Rock Rapids, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edna Dirks, of Luverne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dick; two sons, Darwin and Eugene Korthals; two grandsons, Mark Besta and Jerome Korthals; two sons-in-law, Robert Pietz and Gary Besta; a brother, Marvin Smith; and a brother-in-law, Ben Dirks.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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