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Vernon Bolstad

d. February 5, 2013

Vernon J. Bolstad, age 99, of Austin, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Comforcare Good Samaritan. Vernon was born September 19, 1913 in New Ulm, Minnesota to John and Mary (Hrusa) Bolstad. He graduated from New Ulm High School. Vernon served in the United States Navy during WWII as a steam engineer and married Frances Groebner of Springfield in 1943. He was discharged from the Navy at the end of WWII with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After living in Winona for a brief time, the family moved to Austin in 1945. Vernon worked for the Hormel Company for 33 years in the engine room. He retired in 1978. Vernon was an avid Twins fan, enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing, and was an auto racing enthusiast. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Vernon will be deeply missed by friends and family. Survivors include two sons, Robert Bolstad, New Hope, MN, John Bolstad, LaCrosse, WI; sister, Maxine Lilja, Monticello, MN; brothers-in-law, Max (Ardis) Groebner, New Ulm, MN, Andrew Fredrickson, Minneapolis, MN; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances on January 17, 2012. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-3:30 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the American Legion Club. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the local food shelf. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

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Calvary Cemetery
4th Drive SW
Austin MN 55912


Saturday, May 18 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

American Legion Club
809 12th Street SW
Austin MN

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