Decorah, Iowa - Aleta S. Ulring, 79, of Decorah, Iowa, and formerly of Goodridge, died Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at her home of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma of the Central Nervous System.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, November 19, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Marion Pruitt Miller and Rev. Steven M. Jacobsen officiating. Interment was held at Phelps Cemetery in Decorah.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church.
Aleta South Ulring was born March 9, 1926 in Jamestown, Michigan, the only child of Harold and Clara Mae (Yntema) South and the only grand-child of Henry Yntema and Clara Boone.
Aleta grew up in the northern Minnesota town of Goodridge. Her father, Harold farmed wheat, oats, and flax, raised animals, planted trees with the Rural Conservation Corps, and worked as a carpenter, building houses and raising barns. Aleta would sing as she worked which her father Harold enjoyed, calling her his “song bird,” except when she sang a slow song because then he thought she “worked too slow".
Aleta was baptized in 1926 and confirmed in 1939 at the First Lutheran Church of Goodridge. Aleta graduated from Goodridge High School in 1944. From there she went to Washington D.C. to work as a secretary for the war effort.
In the fall of 1946 she entered Augsburg College in Minneapolis. There she met Joseph Ulring of Rothsay, who also had entered Augsburg after service during the war as a naval pilot.
She said she first noticed Joseph because he would sing as he walked through campus, though when Joseph first noticed Aleta he winked at her which Aleta thought was pretty forward for a Christian college. Nevertheless Joseph succeeded in getting her attention. Pretty soon they were meeting on Friday nights for a “burger and a malt” and a movie.
On August 25 of 1946, Joseph and Aleta were married in Goodridge. In 1949 they moved to Decorah, Iowa. They had five children, Janet, April, Beth, James and Scott. Aleta sang and directed choirs at Decorah Lutheran Church, and loved to teach piano.
Aleta loved music, Schubert Club, gardening, canoeing, was a leader in SEARCH Bible Study, a frequent soloist and had a strong and lifelong faith. She never missed church and seldom did anyone who visited her. Joe and Aleta loved to dance and were always a threat to spontaneously start dancing anywhere there was music and a dance floor.
The family left Decorah for LaCrosse, Wis. in 1972, and then moved to Sioux City, Iowa in 1976. Aleta and Joseph retired back in Decorah in 1999.
Aleta is survived by her five children, Janet Christianson (Jon) of Arden Hills, Bishop April Ulring Larson (Judd) of LaCrosse Wis., Beth Ulring (Chad Troy) of Stoughton Wis., James Ulring (Nancy) of Decorah Iowa and Scott Ulring (Ann) of Golden Valley; Aleta was the proud grandmother of thirteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren .
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Joseph.