Monday, June 1, 2020

Syrlene Williamson, 85, Austin

Syrlene Williamson, age 85 of Austin, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea.  

Syrlene Merlene Ann Turvold was born Jan. 10, 1933 in Northwood, Iowa, the daughter of Helmer and Selma (Midge) Turvold. She attended country schools and Austin High School.  

On April 23, 1950, Syrlene was united in marriage to Donald Williamson at St. Olaf Church in Austin. Together they had five children. Don passed away June 16, 2007.  After being married, Syrlene attended beauty school at the Austin Vo-Tech.  She worked as a beautician in her home and then later at Comforcare as a nurse’s aide and hairdresser for 27 years.  

Syrlene enjoyed visits to the Black Hills and Colorado, as well as trips up north fishing. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking. A skilled seamstress, Syrlene sewed her children’s clothes when they were younger. In later years, she treasured her time caring for the grandchildren. Syrlene was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin where she was active in Bible study. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed.

Syrlene is survived by her children Vickie (Mike) Wellenstein of Port Washington, Wis., Jean Constance of Farmington, David (Lisa) Williamson of Austin, and Eric (Chairole) Williamson, also of Austin; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Phyllis Turvold of Illinois and Sylvia Swenson of Blooming Prairie. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald, her son Joseph (Julie) Williamson, her sister Harriet Turvold, five brothers Arville Turvold, Burnell Turvold, Luverne Turvold, Merlin “Curly” Turvold, Harlan Turvold, and three siblings in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Karen Behling officiating. Interment was in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Austin.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Williamson Family.  Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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