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September 17, 2010
Reinbeck Courier

Ferne Robertson, 94, of Reinbeck, Iowa, died Saturday, September 11, 2010, while under the care of Iowa Hospice at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Reinbeck, of natural causes. Funeral services were 10:30 AM, Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church, Reinbeck, Iowa. Burial followed at Washington Township Cemetery, rural Morrison, Iowa. Visitation was Tuesday, September 14, 2008, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Memorials may be directed to Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ferne's name. To view the complete obituary please visit

Ferne was born June 15, 1916, in Berlin (Lincoln), Iowa, the daughter of Johannes D. and Anna Katherine (Schulz) Wollesen. She graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1933. On August 11, 1937, Ferne was united in marriage to Raleigh Harold Robertson at her parent's home in Lincoln. They resided in Reinbeck for four years. In 1941, they moved to the farm south of Reinbeck. Ferne was a homemaker. She later became administrator of Parkview Manor in Reinbeck for 14 years. In 1998 they moved to town in Reinbeck. They shared seventy-one years of marriage together.

Ferne was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck where she was a member of the Faith Circle and Presbyterian Women's Group. Ferne was a 49 year member of P.E.O. chapter DQ of Reinbeck. Time spent with her family was the most important thing to her.

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She is survived by four sons, Dan Robertson and his wife Sherri of Reinbeck; Raleigh Robertson and his wife Lois of Ontario, Canada; Tom Robertson and his wife Delores of Elon, N.C.; Joe Robertson and his wife Jana of Marshalltown, Iowa; one daughter, Rachel Brooks and her husband Dan of Mesa, Ariz.; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; two sisters- in-law, Rosie Moser, Lorna Robertson both of Reinbeck.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harold; four sisters Maxine Wollesen, Marlys Wollesen, Hazel (Emil) Jipp, Violet Wollesen; and one brother, Pete Wollesen.



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