Walfred Charley Erickson, 81, of Cambridge, died peacefully on the morning of December 19, 1999.
Services were held Dec. 22 from Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Erling Tungseth officiating. Gwen Anderson, accompanied by Mary Kay O’Neill, sang “Children of the Heavenly Father” and “Amazing Grace.” Burial was in Athens Cemetery with Dale, Darwin and Duane Erickson, Donald Peterson, Jack, Jerry and Jim Spetz and Frank Pressletter as pallbearers. Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
He was born in Isanti County April 10, 1918 to Charley and Christine Erickson and lived in this area all of his life. After finishing eighth grade he worked on his parents’ farm until being the first volunteer from Isanti County to join the Army in World War II. He spent some time training in the states and a short stint in Hawaii guarding the coast but the majority of the five years he was in the Army were spent in the Philippine Islands. There he was involved in a number of battles and lost a number of buddies to injury and death. While he never talked much about the war, private conversations with him would always bring back memories of that ordeal. As a result of his Army experiences, he never liked outdoor camping.
He returned from the war in 1945 and married his sweetheart, Doris Marie Presley, whom he met while stationed at Little Rock, AR. After moving back to Minnesota they lived on farms in the Cambridge area and settled on a farm near Day. In 1956 he became the manager of the Day Creamery until it closed in 1967. He worked in other areas of the dairy industry and finished his career in the maintenance department at Cambridge Health Care Center. He didn’t have a lot of hobbies. Emphysema stopped him from things such as golf and bowling which he enjoyed. He struggled with his lung condition for the last six years and it never gave him much relief. He did enjoy family and friends coming over and really felt bad when he didn’t have the energy to talk much with them. He always looked forward to their next visit, hoping he’d feel better then.
Dad never found himself in the limelight of the world nor did he hold an important position in the community. But, as a father, a brother, and a human being his honesty, integrity, his attitude, his love of family and friends and the importance these qualities held in his life, Dad could stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best the world could offer.
Walfred Charley Erickson, a son, a brother, a relative, a friend, a husband, a father and Grandfather.
“We love you, Dad, and we will miss you always.”
Father Sebastian Schramel
Benedictine Father Sebastian Schramel, 82, died Dec. 8 at St. John’s Abbey Retirement Center, Collegeville. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 11 at the Abbey Church, with burial in the Abbey Cemetery.
Father Schramel was born to Joseph and Theresa (Perlinger) Schramel on May 22, 1917, in Lake Henry. He was educated at St. John’s Preparatory School, St. John’s University, and St. John’s Seminary. He made his initial commitment to the Benedictine monastic way of life July 11, 1939, and was ordained to the priesthood January 27, 1945.
He was associate pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Detroit Lakes (1945-46), and of St. Boniface Church, Cold Spring (1946-47). He then served as associate pastor, youth director, drum corps director, and basketball coach at St. Benedict Church, Bronx, New York (1947-59).
Father Schramel returned to Minnesota to again serve as associate pastor of the Cold Spring parish (1959-61). His next assignment took him to North Dakota, where he was pastor of St. Michael Church, Pingree, and St. Margaret Church, Buchanan (1961-69).
After completing a year of clinical pastoral education at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Iowa, Father Schramel served as chaplain of the state hospital for the handicapped in Cambridge from 1970-84.
Father Schramel then returned to Cold Spring, where he once again served as associate pastor of St. Boniface Church (1985-95). During the past four years of his retirement at St. John’s Abbey, he gave his full attention to his hobbies of making church candles and of harvesting local fruit for the making of jams and jellies.
Father Schramel is survived by his monastic community and his sister, Margaret Moehrle of Eden Valley. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.
Martha A. Anderson
Martha A. Anderson, 98, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Braham, died December 13, 1999 at Itasca Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, MN.
Services were scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 28 at Braham Ev. Covenant Church with Rev. Dick Williams officiating. Burial will be in Braham Mission Covenant Cemetery with Allen Anderson, Wayde Boettcher, Ronnie Anderson, Roger Nelson, Terry Beckman and David Anderson as pallbearers.
She was born in Sweden November 9, 1901 to Christian and Inga Anderson. She attended grades 1 and 2 in Cokato and then Windom school in the Braham area through grade 8. She later received her nursing degree via correspondence course from Chicago and worked at Braham Hospital and as a private nurse in people’s homes. She married John Anderson in 1929 in Braham and they were parents off three children, Larry, Adelle and Donna. They lived on a farm north of Braham until her husband’s death in 1963. Martha then lived at Park Manor in Braham until 1989 when she moved to the Itasca Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. She enjoyed cooking and was involved in church activities.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Selin Ryden.
She is survived by her son, Larry Anderson; daughters, Adelle Boettcher and Donna Beckman; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were with Rock Mankie Burial & Cremation Services of Braham.
Rodell Alden Stensrud, 75, of Cambridge, died December 15, 1999 at Cambridge Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
He was born May 13, 1924 in Minneapolis and at an early age moved with his parents to Oslo, Norway where he grew up. His love for Norway and the ocean remained with him. He served in World War II as an entertainment director for the U. S. When the war ended he returned to Minnesota. On August 22, 1953 he married Joyce Becklin of Cambridge. He worked for Minnegasco for several years retiring from there.
He is survived by his brother-in-law John (Joyce) Becklin of Cambridge’; niece Kari Becklin of Isanti; nephew Douglas (Colleen) Becklin and by several cousins.
Arrangements are with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Walfred Charles Erickson, 81, died at Cambridge Medical Center December 19, 1999.
Services have been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Erling Tungseth officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21 at Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Athens Cemetery.
He is survived by his sons, David (Barbara) Erickson; Ronald (Helen) Erickson of Maple Grove; and Thomas Erickson of Cambridge; four grandchildren; one brother; and three sisters.
Funeral services were held December 23, 1999, at the Hope Lutheran Church of Grasston for Angeline M. Wilson. The Rev. David Franzmeier officiated while Sandra Herrington and Nola Smith provided the music. Honorary pallbearers were Debra Wilson, Jessica Flannigan, and Kelly Wilson. Active pallbearers were Troy Clyne, Lucas Arendts, Jason Wilson, Tony Wilson, Todd Clyne, Andrew Arendts, Brandon Wilson, and Travis Flannigan. Interment was in the Grasston Union Cemetery next to her husband Francis. Arrangements were by Rock Mankie Burial & Cremation Service of Braham.
Angeline Marie Wilson (Carlson) was born February 12, 1924, to Martin and Olga Carlson in Canova, S. D. She married Francis Wilson February 7, 1943, and they lived in Range, WI until 1948. They then moved to Minneapolis, with a brief stay in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before moving to Ham Lake in 1953. In 1981, they built a new house and moved to Grasston. Her greatest reward in life was raising her five children and making sure they were always happy. Her hobbies included embroidery, crocheting and her all time love, raising African violets. She loved watching her violets bloom over and over again, some for many, many years. She also loved to cook and the best compliment you could give her was going back for seconds (if you took thirds you were mighty high on her list of all time good people). The cookie jar was always full of chocolate chip cookies and always kept in a place where the grandchildren could reach it. She returned to work at the age of 43 working at the Federal Cartridge Ammunition Plant in Anoka, working in the 22 and shot shell departments for about eight years. After that she worked as a housekeeper at the Villa Nursing Home in Mora. She loved people and loved to share stories, recipes and everyday chit chat with everyone she met. Angie died after a brief illness and of a broken heart on December 19, 1999, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She will be forever missed in the hearts of her children.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Francis on September 26, 1999, her parents Martin and Olga Carlson, three brothers, Marvin, Edgar and baby brother Carroll.
She is survived by her sons, Gary Wilson (Gail) of Ham Lake, Ron Wilson (Laura) of Princeton, daughter Diane Clyne (Mike) of Cedar, Suzanne Arendts (Barry) of Dalbo, Sherri Flannigan (Scott) of Isanti, grandchildren Troy Clyne and wife Terry, Jason Wilson, Todd Clyne and wife Melissa, Brandon Wilson, Lucas Arendts, Tony Wilson, Andrew Arendts, Travis Flannigan, Debra Wilson, Kelly Wilson, Jessica Flannigan; great-granddaughters Tessa, Taylor, and Tracie Clyne, two cousins Edith and Everett Carlson of Minneapolis, niece Darlene and nephew Bob.
James Curtis Norton, 48, of Fresno, CA. formerly of the Cambridge area, died suddenly December 13, 1999.
Services were held December 26, 1999 at Cambridge Funeral Home-Strike Chapel with Robert Norton leading the service and Eben and Barb Gillespie serving as musicians.
He was born in Minneapolis November 20, 1951 the second of seven children of Robert and Natalie Norton. He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1969 and has lived in Fresno for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his older brother David and by his parents.
He is survived by his daughters, Lisa (Derick) Gudowski of Superior, WI; Amber Norton of Bessemer, Mich; grandson, Maxton Gudowski of Superior; by his siblings, Robert (Jennifer) Norton of Stillwater; Mary Norton-Larson (Richard Larson) of Cambridge; Michael Norton (Tammy Pust) of Roseville; John Norton of Brooklyn Park; Gary (Susan) Norton of Cambridge; nephews and nieces, Ashley and Elizabeth Norton of Stillwater; Kathryn, Bennett and Jackson Larson of Cambridge; Whitney, Connor and Taylor Norton of Roseville and Parker and Rece Norton of Cambridge.
Margaret Evangeline Berglund, 86, of Cambridge, died at Cambridge Medical Center December 23, 1999.
Services were held Dec. 28 from First Baptist Church in Cambridge with Rev. Paul Lundgren officiating. Soloist was Eunice Hupfer and Nadette Waligora was organist. Burial was in Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery with Allan and Alvin Berglund, Edward Halpaus, Charles Johnson, and Andrew and Matthew Nyberg as pallbearers.
She was born in Isanti June 20, 1913 to William and Emma Carlson. Her father owned Isanti Mercantile and she was raised in a family of five sisters and two brothers. Margaret attended grade school at Isanti and graduated from Cambridge High School. On September 4, 1934 she married Aaron Berglund at Isanti and they lived most of their married life in Isanti. Margaret worked as a linotype operator for nine years at The Isanti News. They moved to Seminole, FL where they developed a mobile home park. They later moved to Sunrise, MN. and 12 years ago to Cambridge. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cambridge. She enjoyed traveling, homemaking, and all of the family activities. In later years she enjoyed doing volunteer work including Meals On Wheels, SACs in Cambridge, and visiting at Grandview Christian Home. She was also interested in community affairs and would attend many meetings and participate in many activities.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings.
She is survived by her husband, Aaron of Cambridge; sons, Clive Berglund of Orting, WA; Donald (Sharon) Bergland of Eden Prairie; daughter, Mary (Gary) Nyberg of Edina; grandchildren, Cathi, Jim, Kurt,Karla and Jan; Kim and Kerry, Matthew and Andrew and by great-grandchildren, Shayla, Nicholas and Sarah.
Arrangements were with Cambridge Funeral Home-Strike Chapel.
Ruby Rosella (Thofson) Horan, 80, of Verndale, MN. formerly of the rural Cambridge area, died December 23, 1999 of pancreatic cancer.
Services were held Dec. 28 from Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Dennis Tollefson officiating. Gwen Anderson, accompanied by Mary Kay O’Neill, sang “I’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Rock of Ages.” Burial was in the church cemetery with Marty Graham, Michael Anderson, Ryan, Justin, and Brandon Horan, Matthew Peterson and Randy Baldwin as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were all of the grandchildren.
She was born in Freeborn County, MN. August 5, 1919 to Christ and Mina (Sibilrud) Thofson. She was the youngest daughter of 12 children. Ruby attended Sunday School at Freeborn Lutheran Church where she was confirmed. She attended Manchester Country School where she enjoyed playing softball and later played on a softball team. It was during this time that she met her husband, Merle, after one of her games and they were married September 29, 1939. They farmed in Freeborn County until the fall of 1947 when they moved to a farm they purchased six miles east of Cambridge. She enjoyed helping Merle farm and she earned her spending money raising sheep and selling their wool as well as raising chickens and selling their eggs. She also enjoyed her flower gardens. Ruby was an active member of the community. She was a member of Cambridge Lutheran Church for 26 years. She was a member of the Pine Lake School Board and was also active with the 4-H club. In the spring of 1973 she and Merle moved to Bertha, MN. where they purchased a 440 acre farm and raised beef and dairy cattle. Upon retirement in 1977 she and her husband bought a 27 acre hobby farm in Verndale, MN. She was an active member of the England Prairie Threshing Club for 20 years. The love of Ruby’s life was her husband, Merle, to whom she was married for 61 years, and her 12 children, 29 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She also had two very special friends, Ruth Haugerud for over 50 years from Albert Lea and Ann Peterson for many years from North Branch.
She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly before Thanksgiving this year. She was lovingly cared for at home by her family and died, surrounded by her family, only one month later.
She was preceded in death by daughters, Darlene Ruby Baldwin and Shirley Horan; grandsons, Baby boy Anderson and Darin Christen Peterson; sisters, Marie Madson, Clara Knudson, Amy Yanke, Bertha Collins, Elsie Enderson; and brothers, Hamilton Thofson, Milnor (Cal) Thofson, Malmin Thofson and George Thofson.
She is survived by her husband, Merle of Verndale; children, Helen and Jerry Dahms, Richard Horan, Betty and Sheldon Krantz, Audrey and Dennis Anderson, William and Bev Horan, Sharon and Paul Neunsinger, Marjorie and Dave Zorman, Gary and Mila Horan, Michael and Martha Horan and Merlin Horan; 27 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brother, Alert C. Thofson and sister, Violet T. Cleland.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Stewart William Olson, 69, of Ostego, formerly of Cambridge, died at Cambridge Health Care Center December 26, 1999.
Services were held Dec. 28 from Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge with Rev. Harry Eklund officiating. Howard Doble, accompanied by Nancy Peabody, sang “In The Garden” and “On Eagles’ Wings.” Burial was in Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery with Daryl, David, and Allen Bronniche, Wendell Olson, and Terry and Mark Shaw as pallbearers.
He was born in Cambridge February 6, 1930 to William and Esther (Wallin) Olson. He grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948. He served in the U. S. Army and took part in the Korean Conflict. He retired from Holy Angels Academy in Minneapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, LaMor Olson.
He is survived by his daughters Gerri (Brian) Lubbers of Andover; Lynette (Jim) Brudvig of Andover; grandchildren, Erin and Katelyn Lubbers and Kevin and Steven Brudvig; sister, Laurel (Dick) Bronniche of Bloomington and aunt, Pearl Olson of Coon Rapids.
The Soderman family wishes to announce the passing of Walter C. Soderman of rural Cambridge at home December 21, 1999. He successfully lived with cancer for four years. His first 66 years were spent enjoying family, friends and his native Minnesota and adopted Arizona outdoors. His last nine months were spent enjoying visits and inner reflection.
Wally was born in Braham, September 2, 1932, only child of Herman C. and Stella (Miller) Soderman. He was raised on the Soderman farm in Cambridge township, attended Oxbow School and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1950. After graduation, Wally enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While he was stationed in Seattle, WA, he married Marilyn Hawkinson, his high school sweetheart, on September 19, 1952. He fell in love with the game of golf while stationed on Guam. He completed his service in Maine in 1955. Upon returning to Minnesota, he and Marilyn built their home on the Soderman farm where he decided to pursue a career with East Central Electric Association of Braham.
He completed a career of 40 years with ECEA in January 1996. During his time with ECEA, he enjoyed the opportunity to meet people from all over the region. His open and friendly disposition made immediate friends with all he came in contact with and was especially suited for his position as Member Services Manager. During this period he also became involved in many committees and groups within the community such as Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge Community College, and UPA Member Services Group where he met and became acquainted with many dear and lifelong friends. Wally had a special talent for concentrating on the special interest of every person.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed various activities and increased his repertoire with each passing year. These included downhill and cross country skiing, bowling, hunting, snowmobiling, biking, boating, tennis, a special passion for golf, and many more. Through his enjoyment of these sports, he passed his love for the outdoors and Minnesota on to his children. Wally also passed his love of God to his children and grandchildren and was actively involved in the Baptist General Conference his entire life. People will remember Wally for the dignity with which he presented himself even through the worst days of his illness, and he really did not color his hair.
Wally enjoyed his children and their families while healthy and during his illness. His encouragement and devotion to his family will sustain them through this loss. His wife, Marilyn, and their children and families survive him: Anita and Bob Hupfer Jr. (Amanda Brethorst and Benjamin Hupfer), David and Debb Soderman (Cassandra, Jordan, and Gabriel Soderman), Brian Soderman (Troy, Dustin, and Kyle Soderman), Scott and Beth Soderman (Ali and Sam Soderman), and Bruce Soderman, sisters-in-law Marcella (Gaylord) Rasmussen and Marlene (Nathan) Seldin and brother-in-law Lee (Linda) Hawkinson. A loving extended family and a host of friends also survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
A memorial service was held Dec. 23 at first Baptist Church with Dr. Ronald Ekerholm officiating. Special music was provided by Eunice Hupfer, Lee and Dan Hawkinson. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
George Jerry Yacevich, 58, of rural Cambridge, died suddenly December 22, 1999.
A memorial service was held Dec. 28 at Long Lake Lutheran Church in rural Isanti with Rev. Howard Skulstad officiating. John Lundeen, accompanied by Judy Lundeen, sang “In Heaven Above.” The congregation sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.”
He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn; daughters, Nicole of Shoreview; Jackie of Sioux City, IA; son, Jerry of Dakota City, NE; grandchildren, Kelly, Ashley, Heather and Jeremy of Dakota City; sisters, Beverly (James) Sorenson of South St. Paul; Jeanette Gagne of Barnbay, N.Y. mother and father-in-law, John and Gertrude Erickson of Cambridge; sisters-in-law, Jackie (Paul) Ostrom; Lynda (Don) Anderson, RoxAnn Erickson and Christine (David) O’Loughlin; brothers-in-law, Daryl (Faye); Steve (Lorna); Craig, Brian (Lisa), and Douglas (Debra) Erickson; and many colleagues who admired him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bernice Yacevich.
George dedicated the last 21 years of his career, with his wife, JoAnn, managing and leading a successful manufacturing company to become a major supplier to Honda of America. He was responsible for building and sustaining the relationship that resulted in Cambridge Metals & Plastics becoming one of the first North American all terrain vehicle suppliers to Honda in 1989 for carriers, frame components and handle bars. His life-long mission was accomplished through the trust, empowerment and support given him by past owners, partners and close friends, Curtis and LaVonne Hough of Wyoming, MN. The powersport and automobile industry had a profound affect on his life-long hobbies and activities. He was building another street rod which consumed much of his free time away from his desk. George was an active member of the Minnesota Street Rod Association and Goodguys. Always attentive to detail, he had spent years developing and landscaping his six acre yard to be admired by many in rural Cambridge. He was a highly respected man, always honest, kind, and fair in all decisions affecting the lives of others. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.
Memorials should be directed to “Cambridge Dollars For Scholars.”
Arrangements were with Cambridge Funeral Home-Strike Chapel.
Clarence R. Peterson
Clarence Rudolph Peterson, 90, of Cambridge, formerly of Stanchfield, died at Cambridge Health Care Center January 1, 2000.
Services were held Jan. 3 from Braham Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard Chronis officiating. Ruth Anderson and Jon Scheele provided the music. Burial was in Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery with Lowell and Wes Carlson, Mark Broman, Leland Anderson and Jay Gerdin as pallbearers.
He was born in Stanchfield Township of Isanti County February 15, 1909 to William and Ida (Peterson) Peterson. On August 4, 1909 he was baptized at Rice Lake Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church. His father died in 1910 and he was raised by his mother and his grandparents. He attended Rice Lake School, Dist. 14 and graduated from the eighth grade. He enrolled as a freshman at Braham High School but was unable to continue as his services were needed on the family farm. He was confirmed May 20, 1923 and actively served in the Rice Lake church until it closed. He also did janitorial work for the Rice Lake School and later served on the school board. He farmed in the Rice Lake Community until 1943 when he purchased a farm in Maple Ridge Township. On May 12, 1945 he married Evelyn Evangeline Carlson at First Lutheran in St. Paul and the couple made their home on the Peterson farm. Two children were born to this union. Evelyn died in 1991 and Clarence continued to live on the farm until moving to Cambridge in 1994. He was a member of Braham Ev. Lutheran Church at the time of his death. He had been a resident at Cambridge Health Care Center since July 1995.
Besides his wife, Evelyn, he was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Peterson.
He is survived by his son, Claire (Kathie) Peterson of Inver Grove Heights; daughter, Katherine (Duane) Swanson of Braham; grandchildren, Rebecca Swanson of Renville and Andrew Swanson of Braham and by his sister-in-law, Lela Carlson of Braham.
Arrangements were with Rock-Mankie Burial and Cremation Services of Braham.
George Gordon (Gordy) Hultman, 76, of Braham, died December 25, 1999 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Services were held Dec. 29 from St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham with Rev. Keith Kolzow and Rev. Harvey Johnson officiating. Burial was in Royalton Cemetery with Patrick Sandstrom, Patrick and Daniel Hebner, Brian Meyer, James and Steven Muckenhim as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Andrea Meyer, Erin Sandstrom, Brandon Johnson, Laura Hultman, Laurann Johnson, Jessica Sandstrom and Abbegale Sandstrom.
He was born in rural Pine County April 16, 1923 to John and Selina Hultman. He graduated from Braham High School in 1941. Gordy was a World War II veteran inducted in April 1943 and honorably discharged in November 1945 serving as a combat engineer in the Battle of the Bulge. He was an active lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He married Betty Jo Guetzkow August 17, 1946 in Braham and together they farmed near Greeley until his retirement. Following retirement in 1991, they moved to Braham.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Selina Hultman; sister, Francis Muckenhim; and brothers, Raymond and Kenneth Hultman.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Jo Hultman; daughters, Susan (Craig) Sandstrom of Rush Point; Debrah (Steve) Johnson of Sandstone; son, George Jr. (Mary) of North St. Paul; sister, Mildred Clark of North Branch; grandchildren, Patrick, Andrea and Erin Sandstrom; Brandon and Laurann Johnson; Patrick and Dan Hebner and Laura Hultman; and great-granddaughter, Abbegale Sandstrom.
Arrangements were with Rock-Mankie Burial and Cremation Services of Braham.
Sadie Bernice Anderson, 85, of Isanti, died at Cambridge Medical Center January 1, 2000.
Services were held Jan. 4 from Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Erling Tungseth officiating. Howard Doble, accompanied by Mary Kay O’Neill, sang “On Eagles’ Wings” and “Amazing Grace.” Burial was in North Isanti Baptist Cemetery with Jerry and Jeff Anderson, Lyle Myren, Mike and Gary Kleven and Gene Holm as pallbearers.
She was born in Stanchfield Township of Isanti County October 28, 1914 to Oscar and Anna (Mungsene) Holm. She grew up in the Stanchfield area and attended Grandy School. On June 27, 1936 she married Eugene Anderson at the Stanchfield Baptist Church parsonage. The couple lived on the Anderson home farm for seven years before moving to Cambridge for a short time. They eventually bought a farm in East Cambridge and farmed until 1979 when they moved to Warba, MN. In 1992 they moved to Isanti where they have lived since. Sadie worked at the Arsenal for a number of years but devoted most of her time being a housewife. She enjoyed baking cookies, loved life, and was always concerned for others, especially her nieces and nephews whom she treated as her children. She was a member of Cambridge Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Verony Elvrum and brothers, Morris and Kenneth Holm.
She is survived by her loving husband, Eugene (Bud) Anderson of Isanti; sisters, Doris (Milt) Kleven of Minneapolis; Margaret Lodien of Spring Lake Park; brother Henry (Juanita) Holm of Shorewood; sister-in-law, Alby Myren of Atwater; brothers-in-law, Emery (Ellen) Anderson of St. Louis Park; Kenneth (Norma) Anderson of Cambridge; Dean (Donna) Anderson of Fridley and Johnny (Verian) Anderson of Cambridge.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Elsie Olson, 77, of rural St. Francis, died at Hennepin County Medical Center December 29, 1999.
Services were held Jan. 3 from Long Lake Lutheran Church with Rev. Howard Skulstad officiating. Clifford Olson, accompanied by Barbara Olson, sang “In The Garden.” The congregation sang “Amazing Grace” and “Now Thank We All Our God.” Kristy Anderson served as organist. Burial was in Oakview Cemetery near St. Francis with Robert and Ted Beeksma, Richard Lawrence, Clifford and Gary Olson and Donald Rechtzigel as pallbearers.
She was born June 3, 1922, the youngest of 10 children of Onne and Sybil Beeksma at Herbster, WI. It was there she was raised and graduated from Herbster High School in 1941. On November 30, 1945 she married Walter E. Olson at Forest Lake and they made their home on the century farm near Crown. They operated as a family farm until their retirement in 1977. They then moved to rural St. Francis. Elsie was a member of Long Lake Lutheran Church. Her hobbies included crocheting, weaving rugs, and growing flowers. She gave away many gifts she had either made or grown.
She was preceded in death by her husband and by six brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Olson of Parsons, KS; son, Robert L. (Mary) Olson of St. Francis; grandsons, Tim and Mark of St. Francis; sister, Mary (Virgil) Crozier of Ashland, WI; brothers, Lucas (Helen) Beeksma of Forest Lake; and Minna (Esther) Beeksma of Washburn, WI.
Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.