Ihla Mae Monson - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

October 11, 1944 - January 10, 2024

Ihla Mae Monson, age 79, of Corcoran, passed away January 10, 2024.

Ihla started life in Sleepy Eye, MN, and her early years involved moving around a bit as her father constructed homes throughout the area. Settling in the Bloomington area in the late 1950’s, she met her husband of almost 61 years in 1962. They were married in February of 1963 on a wonderful sunny day, that ended with a typical MN snowstorm that made travel exciting for everyone on the way home. The extended families were large. There were always birthdays, baptisms, and family celebrations to attend. Weekends were for visiting, catching up, and playing with family. There was lots of food, lots of laughter, and never empty cups of coffee.

Ihla was an extremely talented seamstress and her ‘hobby’ of alterations and dress making morphed into upholstery work. She had a chair she liked and wanted to spruce it up, so she took a course. Her project started small, but like a snowball, it grew and grew, and eventually lasted for decades. As her skill set and reputation expanded, simple chair work became complete structural rebuilds. The area of her home storing these projects became crowded. Couches, chairs, and tables would occasionally spill into rooms and areas throughout the house. Pieces could be found in various stages of gluing and assembly/disassembly throughout the basement. It grew so much that she would often say, ‘I think this piece will be my last.’ But Ihla had a difficult time saying no, especially to some of the returning customers who wanted to bring life back to recently discovered treasures, or antiques from generations back. What started as that single chair, kept her sewing and busy for a long, long time. There were a lot of happy customers throughout the Twin Cities.

Another hobby Ihla had was bowling. For many years it was a twice a week event. And for a time, she was teamed up with a group of ladies who were all skilled, competitive, and good enough to make it to Nationals a few times. There were more than a few 300 games in the litany. There may yet be a bowling ball or two in the home.

Ihla’s maiden name was Wolfe, and with that she carried on the family tradition of working for the Lund’s grocery chain. For years, she worked in the bakery and would leave for work around 3:45 am. She did this for so long that it took her a few years after she retired to finally learn to ‘sleep in’ and not wake up in the middle of the night to get ready for work.

We will “hug the children and pet the dogs”. Rest in peace, Ihla. You will be missed.

Ihla is survived by her husband, Chuck Monson; son, Michael (Bonnie) Monson; daughter, Kathy (Dean) Zierden; grandchildren, Isaac Monson (fiance, Tali Caiani), Luke Monson (fiance, Lauren Jennaro), Tonya Mae Zierden (fiance, Nate LaPean), Annelise Marie Zierden and Charles Joseph Zierden; great-grandchildren, Payton and Grayson LaPean; sister, Dee (Ron) Nelson; brothers, Dave (Gayle) Wolfe, Rick (Wanda) Wolfe and John (Lynn) Wolfe; brothers-in-law, Tom (Anne) Monson and John (Angela) Monson; sister-in law, Pat (John) VonEschen; 15 nieces and 14 nephews and many other family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by parents, Doyle and Jeanie Wolfe; brothers, Ed and Doyle (Karen) Wolfe; sister, Gloria Olson; sister-in-law, Bitz (Ron) Beachem; nephew, Ed Wolfe; and father and mother-in-law, Chet and Eve Monson.


  1. Jamie Hass says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all! May she rest in peace and have everlasting life!

  2. Bradley Schmidt and family says:

    Rest in peace Ihla ❤️ all of our love and prayers are with your family ❤️

  3. Berta Phelps says:

    You will be missed. We will always cherish the Gumby outfit you helped Tom create. Love you Auntie.

    • Rhonda Halverson says:

      You will be so missed. One of my favorite people growing up, so many great memories Aunt Ihla. Rest in peace, fly high!!! I love you!

  4. Nancy and Earl Zimmerman says:

    Our Sincere Condolences for your loss. Ihla will be missed, we had some good times together as your neighbors! Rest in Peace.

  5. Brenda Bunker says:

    Prayers and hugs sent to all the family. I will miss our fun get togethers and conversations. Love you always Ihla!

    • Kathy, Chuck, Mike and families says:

      Thank you soooo much!! I tried to call you once arrangements were done but couldn’t get an answer. Hope you are doing well, mom loved you so so much ❤️

  6. Janet (Cohrs) Kornmann says:

    You ALL are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry I will not be able to attend the services.
    Ihla will be missed by all of us! She was a pilar to our Olsen Cousins and I have fond memories of all the times we were together: when we were very young Ihla would spend time at our farm and I would listen to my Dad tease her right now I cannot for the life of me remember what that name was. Oh, I remember the wedding too.. we drove back to Westbrook in a snow storm !! Then Ihla used her talents and recovered my living room couches that I had for many years !!!
    Rest in peace Ihla – ’till we meet again !

    • Kathy, Chuck and families says:

      Thank you for your support and the stories mom used to tell us (me) she too was blessed with some awesome cousins ❤️
      May they all enjoy reminiscing!!!
      A snow storm, the cities to Westbrook uff dah roads had to be harsh 61 years ago!
      Take care

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