Velva Lovstuen, 95, of Burr Oak, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

Velva Henrietta (Kruse) Lovstuen was born on May 31, 1917, the daughter of George and Cloa (Mitchell) Kruse in Allamakee County, Franklin Township, near Luana, Iowa.

She attended Luana Consolidated Schools. In 1928, she moved with her family into Frankville Township and attended school in Frankville, graduating from Postville High School in 1936.

Velva married Alert Lovstuen on June 1, 1937, at the Lutheran Parsonage, in Waukon, Iowa. In 1938, they started farming in Glenwood Township. In 1940, they moved to Burr Oak, where they farmed until 1977.

Velva was always a wonderful mother and homemaker. She baked, gardened, canned, quilted and crocheted for many years. She also enjoyed dancing with Alert in her younger years.

Survivors include her daughter, Vivian Vine, Mabel; a son, Norbert (Diane) Lovstuen, Decorah, Iowa; a son-in-law, Alvin Vine, Decorah; 12 grandchildren - Jeff Vine, Dave (Patti) Vine, Wanda (Dennis) Lawson, John (Lori) Vine, Pam (Randy) Renard, and Tom (fiance, Cindy Koch) Vine, Carrie Swenson, Mike Wilson, Brenda (Dan) Tollefson, Diane (Don) Tollefsrud, Aaron (Melissa) Lovstuen, Nick (Allysen) Lovstuen, and Darren (special friend, Mikayla Finley) Lovstuen; great-grandchildren - Traci (Joel) Ridgway, Shana (Evan) Meyer, Justin Lawson, Brittney Lawson, Maxwell Vine, Katie Renard, Matthew (Tina) Swenson, Sarah (Mike) Dawley, Kristine Swenson, Megan (Shawn) Merkel, Leigh (Dustin) Myer, Ross Wilson, Samantha and Theo Tollefson, Tracer and Colton Tollefsrud, Brendan, Garrett, Maggie and Mara Lovstuen, Anya, Anders and Lyla Lovstuen, Bobbie McDermott and Brittany McDermott; great-great grandchildren - Emmerson Ridgway, Caleb Meyer, Shawn and Mason Swenson, Connor Merkel and Nora Willson; and a brother: George Kruse, Decorah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1999; a daughter, Donna Vine in 2011; a son-in-law, Darrell Vine in 2009; a granddaughter, Connie Wilson in 2009; a sister, Mila Mae (Milton) Lovstuen in 2012; and a sister-in-law, Donna Kruse in 2011.

Funeral services were Oct. 5 at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery.

The Schluter Balik Funeral Home in Decorah assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at