Funeral services for Velva Oothoudt, age 94, of Winnebago, will be held on Monday, November 11, 2013, at 11:00 AM, at the Winnebago United Methodist Church, with Rev. Durene Cornell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation time will be from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, at Spencer Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago. Memorial donations are preferred to Parker Oaks Auxiliary, Winnebago Area Museum or Caring Pregnancy Center of Fairmont.
Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com
Velva Mary Ann (Meyer) Oothoudt was born April 20, 1919, in Walters, MN the daughter of Emil and Emma (Huper) Meyer. She was a graduate of Kiester High School and the Minnesota School of Cosmetology, Minneapolis. While working in Albert Lea, MN, she met her husband, Elmo Oothoudt. They were united in marriage on January 11, 1942 in Walters, MN.
Following her marriage, Elmo served in WW II. Upon his return they managed a C. Thomas Grocery store in Wells, MN and later moved to Winnebago to own grocery stores there. They owned and operated the JU-ST Egg Company for several years. Velva also worked at Beach’s Bakery and the MET Corporation in Winnebago. Winnebago was her home for over 65 years.
In her spare time, Velva enjoyed quilting, designing teddy bears, card playing with friends, reading and walking. After retirement, Velva spent time at the Farmer’s Market selling apples from a friend’s orchard. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Winnebago, taking part in many roles. She cherished time spent with her granddaughters and their families and loved spending time at the lake. Velva delivered Meals-on Wheels until she was 85.
Velva passed away quietly November 7, 2013 at Parker Oaks Retirement Community where she had been a resident for over 6 years at the age of 94.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Judi Prescher and husband Gary of Delavan, her son, Steven J. Oothoudt of Vacaville, California, four granddaughters, Megan Williams (Drew) of Greenville, S.C., Maura Prescher of Minneapolis, Marcia Weggel (Robert) of Dresher, PA, Brighton Merrell (Rob) of Long Beach, CA, four great grandchildren, her brother, Orlando Meyer of Walters, her sister in law, Mildred Meyer of Stewartville, many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband-Elmo, sisters: Viola Mattick, Margaret Wacholtz, Helena Anderson, and brothers, Orville & Ellwood Meyer.