Agatha Tauber, age 87, of Willmar, MN, and formerly of Glenwood, died Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Rice Care Center in Willmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 2nd at Sacred Heart Church in Glenwood with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and will resume on Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenwood. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock of Glenwood.
Agatha Ann (Christman) Tauber, the daughter of Mary Louise Bisek and John Jacob Christman, was born on July 5, 1930, on the home farm by Lake Reno, north of Glenwood, Minnesota. She was named Agatha because her mother’s birthday was February 5th, which is also Saint Agatha’s Day. She walked to country school until third grade and then attended Villard Consolidated District 18, where she participated in school plays and cheerleading. Her favorite class was home economics and least favorite was physical education. After school hours, Agatha enjoyed church, roller skating, doing chores on the farm, participating in 4-H, and hanging out with her friends. A proud moment in her life was when she graduated from high school.
Agatha met her husband, Paul James Tauber, while roller skating at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. They were married May 14, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood. The happy couple made their home on a farm north of Glenwood where Agatha lived until November 2013, when she had a massive stroke. Prior to this, she enjoyed cooking, gardening and craft work, including embroidery, crocheting and knitting. She was a 4-H leader, clerk of rural school district 19, Pope County fair exhibitor, served on the Pope County Health Board, was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of the Rosary Society, active in Guild work, served on the wedding and funeral committee and was chairwoman of the St. Florence Mission Circle. Agatha also served as a county officer of the local Homemakers Group and was an election judge. She made her home at Sophia House at Rice Care Center after her stroke up until her death on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Agatha is survived by one brother, Jack (Darlene) Christman of Glenwood; son, Daniel (Joann) Tauber of Villard; daughters, Mary Tauber (Michael Linehan) of Brookings, SD and Patricia (Todd) Mikkelson of Willmar; daughter–in-law, Kathy Tauber of Villard; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings, her husband of 61 years, Paul, in 2008, three sons, Thomas in infancy, David and Timothy both in 2016.