Althea Mae Whitehead

SHERBURN — A celebration of life service for Althea Mae Whitehead, 94, of Sherburn, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021, at First Congregational Church in Sherburn, with Pastor Michael Ennis officiating. Burial will be in Sherburn Cemetery, Sherburn, Minn. Althea’s services will be live streamed on the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Sherburn Facebook page.

Althea was called to her eternal rest Saturday afternoon, March 27, 2021, at her home in Sherburn. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the church. In order to gather for visitations and services, attendees are asked to maintain safe physical distancing and to please use a face mask. Messages of sympathy may be sent online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com

Althea Mae Lucus was born Nov. 14, 1926, in Sherburn, Minn., to Milo and Sylvia (Peters) Lucus, the oldest of nine siblings. She was baptized and later confirmed at the Methodist Church in Sherburn. Althea received her education in Sherburn School with the class of 1945. On Aug. 28, 1945, she was united in marriage to Cecil A. Whitehead at the Federated Church in Sherburn, Minn. Born to this union were Daniel, Nathan, Julie, Clark, David and Douglas. After their marriage they farmed north of Sherburn in Elm Creek Township until 1949 when they moved to a farm in Rolling Green Township, Martin County, on the north end of Pierce Lake. They farmed until 1979 when they retired and moved into Sherburn. Althea was employed for STEP, Inc. and DAC where she was a cook and bus driver for the people with disabilities. Since 1975 they spent their winters with family in Weslaco, Texas. Cecil was called to his eternal rest on Oct. 12, 1999. Althea was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sherburn where she taught and was head of the Sunday School for many years. She loved teaching and made puppets to help teach the children, and also felt board that she used to teach them. Althea was truly an artist of many talents from sewing, to making bread and apple pie that everyone loved. While wintering in Texas, Althea learned how to oil paint, and did arts and crafts, played shuffle board. In Minnesota Althea enjoyed gardening, bird watching, reading, putting together puzzles and coloring.

She is survived by her children, Pastor Daniel Whitehead and his wife, Sherry of Rock Falls, Wis., Nathan Whitehead and his wife, Mary of rural Sherburn, Minn., David Whitehead of rural Fairmont, Minn., Douglas Whitehead and his wife, Eileen of Bloomington, Minn.; son-in-law, Roger Sukalski of Sherburn; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Althea was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cecil; daughter, Julie Sukalski; son, Clark Whitehead; brothers, Wesley, Robert “Bob,” Gerald “Jerry” Lucus; sisters, Arlene, Sylvia, Joyce, Norma and Karen; and other relatives.