Annabel Oswald

FROST – Annabel Oswald, age 103, of Frost, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Parker Oaks in Winnebago.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at United Lutheran Church in Frost, with Rev. Arne Halbakken officiating. Burial will be in United Lutheran Cemetery, Frost.

Visitation time will be one hour prior to services at the church. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Annabel was born July 12, 1909, in Buffalo Center, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas and Florence (Adams) Bosma. She was raised and educated in Buffalo Center, Iowa, where she was a 1926 graduate of Buffalo Center High School. She earned her teaching certificate and taught at the Oswald School near Elmore before her marriage to Norman Oswald on Aug. 27, 1930, at Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple farmed at Pilot Grove, Dell and later at Frost for many years until retiring to Frost in 1966. Annabel taught Sunday school for many years in Dell and Frost and was very active in church ladies aide and circles. She grew many excellent vegetable and flower gardens and later enjoyed wintering with Norman in Mesa, Ariz. The couple loved to travel and had visited Germany, Norway, Mexico, Alaska and many other domestic locations. Her greatest joy was being with her family and staying connected to her extended family; she will be greatly missed.

Annabel Oswald is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Karkela of Savage; her son, Raymond (Pat) Oswald of Frost; her brother, Jim Bosma of Buffalo Center, Iowa; her sister-in-law, Grace Bosma of Buffalo Center, Iowa; her grandchildren: Tammy (Kevin) Greenfield, Jim (Deb) Oswald, Todd (Julie) Karkela, & KrisAnn (Tom) Krause; her great grandchildren: Alicia, Melissa (Levi), Ryle, Thomas, Andrew & Mitchell; and great great-grandson, Logan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman, in 1998; 12 brothers & sisters: Lewis Bosma, Edward Bosma, Thomas Bosma, Mattie Horton, Heiko Bosma, Bert Bosma, Lillian Mastin, Bessie Weaver, Esther Mastin, Grace Hassebroek, Irene Burger & Clarence Bosma; and a son-in-law, Willard Karkela.