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Kvam, Ingerid M. / The Skalet family : ancestors and descendants of Sever and Malla Skalet

Sever and Malla Skalet,   pp. 7-26 PDF (6.5 MB)

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Phil was remembering that he always wanted to ride along with Sever to town. One day he
hid in the back of the truck and when they stopped in Black Earth, Phil got out and Sever
calmly said" You're here too?"
Sever's first car was a 1917 seven passenger Studebaker. Later, he bought a 1925 Studebaker
In 1953 Sever was admitted to the hospital to have Prostate surgery. Dorothy Mae
remembered going to see him in the hospital and asking him "how are you?" Sever
responded with "It is not good".
Sever and Nitzy went to the store shopping for lutefisk and sil on December 23, 1953, and
Sever carried the sil bucket home. Later in the evening, the women were doing some house
cleaning to prepare for Christmas Eve dinner, Nitzy recalled asking Grandpa to move from
his chair so they could wash the floor. He got up and groaned a little, walked a few steps and
fell to the floor. He died instantly of a heart attack.
All nine kids remember there father to have been a very loving, gentle concerned father. He
was a man of few words, but the few he used were very much respected by his children.
This is Sever's obituary as printed in the Dane County News, January 1, 1954: Sever Skalet
was born February 4, 1878 in the Town of Vermont on the "Skalet Farm" where now Philip
Skalet lives. His parents were Gilbert and Tonetta Skalet.
He was baptized by Rev. Jon Field and was confirmed by Rev. S. Gunderson.
He was married on May 23, 1908 to Dorothea Marie Venden. They lived at the home farm
in Vermont 41 years until 1949, at which time they moved to their present home in Black
On December 23, 1953, Sever Skalet passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in
Black Earth. He was 75 years, 10 months, and 19 days old.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, nine children, and thirteen grandchildren.
He also is survived by two sisters, Nora (Mrs. Arthur Knudtson) of Black Earth, and Mrs.
Hannah Field of Madison. His parents and sister Alma Skalet preceded him in death.
He was a kind husband and father, a good neighbor, a friend to all. He was a life-long
member of the Vermont Lutheran Church. His passing creates a void in the community that
will not soon be filled..
Funeral services were held December 26, 1963 at the Vermont Lutheran Church, Rev. Hector
Gunderson, pastor. Mrs. Joseph Dybdahl sang a solo, and the Vermont Choir, directed by
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