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Romola M. Grethen 1919-2008

Sep 30, 2008

Romola Grethen, 89, of Emmetsburg died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Funeral service for Mrs. Grethen was Saturday, Sept. 27, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Peg Jackson officiated.

Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Romola Maurine Grethen was born Aug. 7, 1919, in Sac County, IA, the daughter of John and Grace (Stafford) Overeen. She graduated from Lake Center High School, then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls where she received her teaching degree. Romola taught country school north of Dickens.

On June 29, 1942, Romola and Earl Jackson Grethen were married at the Christian Church in Spencer. Romola was employed as a receptionist for Dr. Cretzmeyer in Emmetsburg for 13 years and then she worked at the Emmetsburg Medical Clinic for Dr. Coffey and Dr. Cozine.

Romola was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Emmetsburg and was active in the women’s guild at the church. She was also a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Emmetsburg and she was a Gold Star Mother.

Surviving are two sisters, Helen Damstrom of Spencer and Barbara Dotson of St. Louis Park, MN; a brother, William “Bill” Overeen and his wife, Margaret, of Spencer; two sisters-in-law, Augusta Overeen of Spencer and Pearl Overeen of Hope Mills, SC; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Grethen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Grace Overeen; her son, Galen Dean Grethen who was killed while serving in the Viet Nam War in Phan Thiet; her husband, Earl; and three brothers, Gene, Drexel and John Overeen.

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