Juletta Trygstad, 92, of Mabel
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:10 AM
Juletta Mae (Ramlo) Trygstad, 92, of Mabel, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
She was born Juletta Mae Ramlo in Mabel on Nov. 28, 1920, to parents, Clara (Bersie) Ramlo and Carl Ramlo. She was the ninth child in a family of 10 children (three of the children died in infancy).
Her dad worked for Ted Johnson Road Construction and, as such, was often out of town for a week or more at a time, Juletta remembered. Her father was just 43 when he became ill with pneumonia and passed away, leaving his wife to raise their children alone.
The family lived on the Percy Lind farm, located on the east end of Mabel, for several years after her dad died. It proved to be a home that created serious health anxieties for the family when Juletta, her brother, Harlan, and her sister, Virginia, all contracted typhoid fever.
All of her sisters and brother, Harlan, attended school in Mabel. Getting to school each day when she was in elementary school, Juletta remembered, was via a horse-driven school bus. It was "quite a thrill" when, after three years, Miner purchased Mabel's first motorized school bus.
Juletta graduated from Mabel High School in 1939 in the same class with Neil Trygstad, who would become her husband.
Just after graduation she and her sister, Loyes, borrowed money from Arne Hougland and headed for Luther to take two years of elementary education training. With that two-year degree, she taught for one year at Hesper Rural School District #1 and for one year at Hesper Independent School. She made $100 per month.
In 1944, she married Neil at Mabel First Lutheran Church.
Singing was a big part of Juletta and Neil's life. Both were members of the Mabel First Lutheran Church choir; Neil was a member the Luren Singers since he joined in 1970. With Luren, both traveled to Norway on three concert tours and across the United States for a number of Sangerfests.
Juletta joined the faculty of Mabel Public Schools in 1946 as an elementary school teacher. She taught "mostly grade two" until 1988 when she retired. By then, consolidated as Mabel-Canton Public Schools, she drove to Canton each morning where elementary classes took place. In a touching decision, the Mabel-Canton School Board "retired" her room number 102 in 1988. Along with family photos, room number 102, displayed as a plaque, hung on the walls of her home on the farm one mile north of Mabel, later in her apartment at the Meadows assisted living center, and, finally, in her room at Green Lea Manor, where she died on April 16, 2013.
Juletta lived her entire life in Mabel, a town that influenced her and, over 42 years as an elementary school teacher, Sunday School teacher, and Library Club member, a place that she influenced.
It's not that she did not find time to travel - she was three times in Norway with her husband, Neil, and the Luren Singers; there were a handful of bus trips across the United States with Zimmer Tours and Mabel friends; there was a trip to Germany, to visit her son, Craig, and his wife, Lynne, in their home in Berlin; and there were three trips to Ireland, with her niece, Mary Klimesh, where she stayed with Craig and Lynne in their home in Leighlinbridge. Along the way, predictably, she made friends who remember her still.
Juletta was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, the Mabel Library Club, Lutheran Brotherhood Branch 8536 for some 20 years, and Fillmore County ADK for 17 years. She enjoyed making cards and candy, collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, delivering Meals on Wheels and making candy.
She is survived by a son, Craig (Lynne Colman) Trygstad of Lewiston, Idaho; a sister, Clara Jeanan Anderson of Mankato; a special niece, Mary Klimesh; and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil; a brother, Harlan; and four sisters, Loyes, Virginia, Beulah and Ruby.
Funeral services were held on Monday at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Gail Klavetter officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements.