Obituary: Mabel S. Rolf


Mabel S. Rolf, age 92, of Cologne, went to be with her Lord Jesus on June 5, 2013 at her daughter’s home in Belleville, Mich.

Funeral Service held Friday, June 14, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township, Cologne with Rev. Eric Zacharias officiating; visitation Friday from 1 p.m,. until the time of the service at the church; interment in the church cemetery.

She was born March 15, 1945, to her parents Henry and Sophia (Lueders) Sonnenberg in St. Paul, Minn. She was confirmed in her faith in Jesus Christ her Savior under the training of Rev. Carl Hoffman and Oswald Hoffman at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, where later she would also be married March 24, 1945 to Werner Rolf a farmer in Hancock Twp. Carver Co. Minn. This is where she would live and raise a family for the next 27 years, until retiring to a home in Cologne, Minn., and later Chaska, Minn.

Mabel was blessed in many ways on the farm in Hancock Twp. She enjoyed raising chickens and cows, working at the county fair, being a supervisor for purchasing/retail at Montgommery Wards, doing tax preparation and census twice. The last 3 and a half years she lived with her daughter Bonita in Belleville, Mich., after living five years in Chaska Moravian Apartments next to Joycelyn.

Faith in Jesus Christ was Mabel’s lifetime blessing so any memorials would be given to Zion Lutheran Church of Cologne. Her family thanks you for all the well wishes and love in memory of Mabel Sophia Rolf.

Mabel was preceded in death by her loving husband Werner Rolf after 50 years of marriage, her parents Henry and Sophia Sonnenberg, and her brother Harold Sonnenberg of San Jose, Calif.

Mabel is survived by her sister-in-law Marsha Sonnenberg of San Jose, Calif.; her three children, Kenneth Rolf of Golden Valley, Minn., Bonita and Fred Priebe of Belleville, Mich., Joycelyn Rolf of Chaska, Minn.; four grandchildren Shannon Rolf of Milwaukee, Wis.; Nathan and Rachel (James) Rolf of Mpls, Paul and Julie (Putman) Priebe of Cayuga, Ind., Kathryn and Joseph O’Kelley of Wayne, Mich.; also four great-grandchildren Kalia Guzman, 9, Benjamin, 7, and Colin, 4, O’Kelley; and Elijah Rolf, 16 months; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Casket Bearers Paul Priebe, Donald Koepp, Nathan Rolf, Jerry Kahle, Kevin Latzke, Lynn Zellman.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;