Fern Violet Mauer, 96, of Fergus Falls

Published 9:24am Monday, August 26, 2013 Updated 11:26am Monday, August 26, 2013

Fern Violet Mauer, 96, of Fergus Falls, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the PioneerCare Homestead Cottage in Fergus Falls.


She was born July 6, 1917, in rural Elizabeth, the daughter of Ambrose and Cora (Knobel) Perkins. She grew up in rural Elizabeth and attended country school there.

On Sept. 17, 1936, she married Frank Mauer. They started a family in Karlstad, and later moved to Greenbush.

In 1944, Frank was drafted into the Army, and the family moved to Fergus Falls, where Fern continued to reside.

She was a homemaker and mother to six daughters.

Her husband died in 1961. She began working as a cook at Our Lady of Victory School and then, the Community College and Lake Region Hospital.

Fern was all about family and church. She especially loved the annual family camping trip to Itasca State Park and the annual Perkins reunion.

She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, attending weekly mass and participating in St. Clare’s Mission Circle.

Fern enjoyed cooking, gardening, walking and coffee with her friends. She was a Minnesota Twins fan, a great supporter of Fergus Falls college basketball and a member of “TOPS.”

Fern took great pride in keeping her home, yard and car looking good at all times.

Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; two sisters, Eleanor Thompson and Daisy Halverson; three brothers, Robert, Donald and Ralph Perkins; twin sons who died at birth; and a son-in-law, Bruce Meyer.
Survivors include six daughters, Margaret Bach of Portland Ore., Mae (Edwin) Staub of Dublin Calif., Shirley Meyer of Fergus Falls, Sharon (Curtis) Bergerson of Fergus Falls, Linda (Ronald) Mohagen of Vadnais Heights, and Denise (Timothy Piper) Mauer of Fergus Falls; more than 60 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Grace Bengtson of Stanchfield, Doris Long of Richfield, Ilene Bice of Fergus Falls and Irene (Jim) Groschupf of Whitefish Mont.; one brother, Earl Perkins of Maplewood; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.

Memorials are preferred to Lakeland Hospice or Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, both of Fergus Falls.

Visitation: Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church

Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Fergus Falls

Clergy: Father Alan Wielinski

Burial: St. Otto’s Cemetery, Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls


Condolences: www.olsonfuneralhome.com

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