Edna Carmella Warman, 88, of Somerset, Wis., died at The Gathering in Stillwater, Minn., on Sept. 25, 2013.

She was born on June 21, 1925, near Canton, to Ida and Henry Vickerman.

She grew up on a farm in the Big Woods area of southeastern Minnesota. She attended country schools as a child, skipped the 8th grade and graduated from Mabel High School at the age of 16 in 1942. She worked for a year as a live-in housekeeper and as a secretary at the high school office. The high school principal recognized her potential and arranged for her to move to Minneapolis to attend the College of Commerce. Following graduation, she was hired by Dr. Dvorak where she provided both secretarial and basic medical assistance.

She met her future husband, Howard, at the Prom Ballroom in St. Paul, in the summer of 1948. They were married on May 28, 1949, at Prospect Park Methodist Church in Minneapolis. She quit her job and became a master cook, baker, seamstress, needle-worker, gardener, home accountant and hostess.

In 1960, the family moved to a 240-acre farm near Somerset, Wis. Edna became the consummate "farm wife." She helped renovate the century old farmhouse while simultaneously keeping an eye on her five mischievous children and assisting in all the farm responsibilities.

She and her husband were active members of Christ Lutheran Church. She served on the council and was an officer of the women's group...several times over. She taught Sunday and Vacation Bible School classes, helped lead scouting troops and 4-H clubs, provided treats whenever needed and often fixed their mistakes on projects for the County Fair. She was a member of the Somerset Board of Education from 1977-1980.

Edna went back to work after her children were through school, at first as a secretary for a local attorney and then as deputy clerk for the Village of Somerset. At the age of 70, she took a job working for the U.S. Census.

When their son, Tom, took on most of the farming, Edna and Howard took to the road. They spent many winters in Florida with Howard's brothers and their wives. All three couples travelled together to Hawaii, South Carolina, the Northeast, Oregon, and the West Coast.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Warman; children, Nancy (Danny) Irvin, Thomas Warman, Mary (John) Lubahn, Jeff Warman and Jeanne (Ted) Germain; her grandchildren, Amy, Tiffany, Jason, Jonah (Heidi), Cody, William (Dawn), Daniel (Chelsea), Kathryn, Cory (Lisa), Alysha, Alex, Holly and Gavin; great-grandchildren, Gage, Ezra, Bella, Carter and Allison; siblings, Irma (Jim) Wangen and Arlis Vickerman and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held last Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset, Wis. Memorials are preferred to The Gathering at Boutwells Landing in Stillwater, Minn., or the Women of Christ Lutheran Church.