Mae C. Ashton, age 78 of Austin, Minnesota died Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester – Saint Marys Campus. Mae Carol Bjork was born on May 23, 1938 at home in Mower County, Minnesota, the daughter of Fred and Mabel (Thorseth) Bjork. She graduated from Austin High School in 1956 and went to work for Hormel Foods in clerical and accounting positions. She retired in 1999, after 43 years of service to the company. On December 11, 1965, Mae was united in marriage to Bruce Ashton at St. Luke’s in Lansing. Their union was blessed with 3 children. Bruce passed away May 1, 1999. Mae’s favorite pastimes included playing cards and games, traveling, annual Vegas trips with her girlfriends, and cribbage with her “fierce competitor” and dear friend Jackie Lyons. Most important to Mae was spending time with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mae is survived by her children Douglas Ashton, Diane Ashton (James ‘Jimmy’ Meyer), and Debra Ashton (Dean Nelson), all of Austin, MN; 5 grandchildren Deven (Michelle) Leidall, Lisa (Taylor) Leidall, Aimee (Ridge) Leidall, Jaynie (Doug) Bolster, and Tyler (Felicia) Bolster; 4 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sisters Betsy Retterath of Adams, MN, Fern (Frank) Bily of Montgomery, MN, Ruth Schmidt of Austin, MN; brothers Joseph (Janet) Bjork of Embarrass, MN, Delano (Ramona) Bjork of Zapata, TX, and Roger (Lila) Bjork, of Decorah, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Mabel Bjork, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Mark Niethammer officiating. The Ashton family will greet friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 at Worlein Funeral Home, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.