Name: Mathea STENE
Birth: 8 JUL 1869 in Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland, Norway
Death: 29 DEC 1943 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
Burial: 3 JAN 1944 Thief River Falls, Minnesota (funeral at St. Pauli Church)
Note: Greenwood Cemetery
Christening: 22 AUG 1869 Follebu Church, Gausdal, Oppland, Norway
Emigration: 1886-1887 to Janesville, Wisconsin until 1888
Note: 1886 date from obituary; 1887 date from 1900 Census
Change Date: 4 MAR 2009
Death Certificate: Mathea Torkelson was 74 and died from 'pneumonia'. Other conditions: Hemoplegia for 3 years and hypertension. Date of death: December 29, 1943. Date of birth: July 5, 1869. Says she had been in this community for 56 years. Name of father: Peter O. Stene. Maiden name of mother: Beret Peterson. Informant: Ole Torkelson.
Obituary: Mrs. Mathea Torkelson passed away at her home in Smiley township at 10:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 29, at the age of 74 years. Services were held from the St. Pauli Lutheran church near Hazel Monday with Rev. A. O. Skibsrud officiating, and interment was made at the Greenwood cemetery.
Mrs. Torkelson was born July 8, 1869 in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, and came to this country in 1886 and settled in Janesville, Wisc. She later moved to Pennington County and was married to Ole Torkelson July 19, 1889. They made their permanent home on a homestead in Smiley township.
Surviving are her husband, five daughters: Bessie Hoffman of St. Paul; Pauline Fisher of Minneapolis; Thilda Hall of Minneapolis; Ruth Rardon and Thelma of this city; two sons, Melvyn and Anton Torkelson at home; a sister, Mrs. Hannah McPhee of Grand Forks; and ten grandchildren. One son, a daughter, her parents, one sister, three brothers, and two grandchildren preceded her in death.
Mrs. Torkelson was active in all church work, serving as an officer of the St. Pauli ladies aid, and being a charter member of the church.
Father: Peder Olsen STENE b: 21 APR 1837 in Ostre Gausdal, Oppland, Norway
Mother: Beret HANSDATTER b: 28 OCT 1830 in Gausdal, Oppland, Norway
Ole TORKELSON b: 3 APR 1866 in Kongsburg, Buskerud, Norway c: 29 APR 1866 in Buskerud, Norway
19 JUL 1889
in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
- Sophie TORKELSON b: 10 AUG 1889 in Township 153, Range 42, Red Lake County, Minnesota
- Bethse (Betsey BESSIE) b: 13 APR 1893 in Smiley Township, Minnesota c: 22 MAY 1893 in Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
- Tilda (Theda) O. TORKELSON b: 13 JAN 1895 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
- Pauline F. TORKELSON b: 30 APR 1897 in Smiley Township, Minnesota c: 20 MAY 1897 in Pennington County, Minnesota
- Melvin Olaf TORKELSON b: 6 SEP 1899 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
- Ruth Esther TORKELSON b: 22 OCT 1904 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
- Anton Severt (Syvert) TORKELSON b: 21 NOV 1907 in Smiley Township, Polk County (now Pennington), Minnesota c: 19 APR 1908 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
- Bert Otto TORKELSON b: 26 SEP 1910 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 11 SEP 1910 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
- Thelma Florence TORKELSON b: 27 FEB 1913 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota