"In Loving Memory of Myrtle Waldow,"

by Mrs. Ruth Stadem Harrington

Deepest Sympathy to Sister Myrtle Svanoe and Family. 7/25/94, Luther Svanoe [passed away], resting place, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota.

In Loving Memory of Myrtle Waldow. Notes from the Family Service conducted by Pastor Rieke, Grace Lutheran, Watertown, S.D:

Pastor Rieke: Psalm 121, Psalm 130: "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice; let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope....

John 14: "Let not your heart be troubled: yet believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Etc.

We shall be with the Lord forever. Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. One of those treasures is one of our members, such as the life of Myrtle. The memories we share are those we have in Christ. We have forgiveness in Christ. Fill us with the HOPE of the Resurrection!"

Service in the filled Grace Lutheran Church, Pastor Tsukamoto, Jenkins Home Chaplain: Psalm 23 and Revelation __?. "Myrtle knew Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Mrs. Waldow knew HIM personally. We can't share what we don't have. She knew Christ and shared a few hours before her departure. Thank you, Marie, for spending the last hours with your mother and family; for holding unto faith in Christ."

Pastor Rieke: "I Peter 1, "Praise to God for a living hope", John 21 "Heard a loud voice of God saying, If any man would come after me he must deny himself and take up thy cross and follow me"--this Myrtle did. She found strength in the hard times, knowing the answer was in the CROSS. Starting with the cross, we have all things in Christ; and all we need in Christ, and He will give it to us in good times. We need mnore people who will speak more loudly by example, Jesus' dying on the cross to show us, that we may inherit the Kingdom of God!! Prayer: "Cleanse us from our sins."

In the casket, Myrtle, our loving cousin, had a cross with a heart on it in her hand. This was placed by the family, I'm confident. Marie, Joyce, Alice, and the families, this was just BEAUTIFUL, and I know your precious Mom and Grandmom would be happy as well with it.

Also, the pastor spoke of a banner made by Marie that was in her Mom's room that said something like this: "For you shall go out with Joy and go back Home to everlasting peace."

Loved Ones, I was so happy Tom [Harrington] was asked by Joyce to usher so he could hand out the beautiful folders, such as the one enclosed on the reverse side. We sat together with our cousins Maxine Haugom and Shirley Wellington. After lunch at the church, Tom and I (Ruth) drove out to Pleasant Lutheran Cemetery for the beautiful Burial Service. Weather was also so sunny. On the way there was pouring rain. Got some pictures of Marie, Alice, Joyce picking a carnation or rose as they came over to the beautiful spray on the casket. Thanks, Marie, for your lovely thank you note. Blessed be Myrtle's memory, who truly lived for Christ her Savior. Num. 6:24.

From the Funeral Service Brochure:



September 8, 1913

Rural Bryant, South Dakota

Passed Away

July 12, 1994


Friday, July 15, 1994

Watertown, South Dakota

2:00 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Church

Watertown, South Dakota


Rev. Tedd Rieke

Pastor Minoru Tsukamoto

Music by

Doris Nelson, organist

Don Seim, soloist

Casket Bearers

Alan Vedvei, Arlin Waldow, Keith Warkenthien, Charles Vedvei, Al Janzen, John Larson

Final Resting Place

Pleasant Lutheran Cemetery

Pleasant Township

Clark County, South Dakota

Note from Editor: Myrtle Waldow, listed in the Stadem Genealogy by Barbara Vorseth Benson, is a daughter of Andrew Vorseth and Martha Stadem (Martha is a daughter of Sjur and Oline Stadheim, Myrtle's grandparents). Myrtle's full name was Myrtle Andrena Vorseth. She married Martin Carl Albert Waldow in 1947. Their children are Marie Ann Waldow, Joyce Arlene Waldow, and Alice June Waldow. She is buried in the same Pleasant Lutheran Cemetery, Pleasant Township, Clark County, as Sjur and Oline Stadheim, her grandparents. Her husband Martin Waldow is also buried there.--ED.

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