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Hilda Clara (Gaulke) Fenske

October 2, 1920 ~ September 25, 2021 (age 100)


In Loving Memory of Hilda Fenske

Hilda Clara Fenske was born on October 2, 1920, at home in Collins Township, McLeod County, Minnesota. Hilda was the daughter of Otto and Alvina (Radtke) Gaulke. Hilda grew up in Collins Township where she attended District 31 School, and also the Immanuel Lutheran School.

Hilda was baptized October 6, 1920 at home by Pastor Heinrich Weerts. Hilda was confirmed in her faith on April 9, 1933 by Pastor Heinrich Weerts at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, Minnesota. On February 14, 1940 Hilda was united in marriage to Howard Fenske at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. The couple established their farm near Stewart, where Hilda resided until she was over 90 years old. Hilda moved into town in Brownton in 2012 and lived there for several years. After a few health struggles, Hilda moved to Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson. Hilda enjoyed gardening, tending to her livestock, and working on the farm. She was an avid genealogist and spent many years gathering family history that she collected in a published book of family genealogy. She was also a quilter, and liked to sew.

Hilda passed away on September 25, 2021 at Prairie Senor Cottages in Hutchinson, Minnesota, having reached the age of 100 years, 11 months, and 23 days.

Hilda is survived by her sister Elsie Dettman of Stewart, son Donald Fenske and his wife Marion (Rath) of Hutchinson, and daughter Deanna Manteufel and her husband Paul of Hutchinson; and by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and by nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Alvina (Radtke) Gaulke, her husband Howard, brothers Fred, Walter, and Martin Gaulke, sisters Frieda Kietzman, Selma Froemming, Amanda Sifferath, and Esther Stressman; brothers-in law Paul Kietzman, Erwin Froemming, Benjamin Sifferath, Otto Stressman and Eugene Dettman; sisters-in-law Meta (Pagel) Gaulke, Lorraine (Wick) Gaulke, and Ethel (Hahn) Gaulke.

May the Lord bless the memory of Hilda Clara Fenske to all who love her and who sorrow at her death. 

Private services for Hilda C. Fenske were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Stewart.   Pastor Mahlon Bekedam officiated.  

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.   Online condolences maybe made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com  

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