Edna M. Braaten, 91

Published 10:18 am Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Edna M. Braaten, 91 of Austin went to meet her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2010, at the Fieldcrest Care Center, Hayfield.


Edna was born Nov. 12, 1918 at Ambrose, N.D., the daughter of Mike and Martha (Ellingson) Tiegen. She attend public school in North Dakota. At the age of 18, she and her sister Clara moved to Adams to live with relatives. While there they became acquainted with Helen Braaten Fahje. Helen would invite Edna and Clara to the Braaten family farm for weekends and while at a dance one weekend Edna met George Braaten. They were married Aug. 30, 1940, at the Lutheran Church in Osage, Iowa. Edna was a home maker and worked at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

She was a member of the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church and the Naomi Circle. Edna had many hobbies, including, fishing, hunting and traveling with friends. She also did crocheting, quilting, canning and was well known for her and George’s lefse baking each fall.

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She was preceded in death by her husband George on June 28, 2010, her parents, a granddaughter, Sara Boleyn, sisters, Amanda, Mabel and Clara and brothers, Edwin and Melvin.

Edna is survived by her daughters, Shirley (Leon) Kruse, Ft. Atkinson, Iowa, Dorothy Jean Titus, Washington, Ill., special niece, Bev Pitcher, Austin, nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Alice Tiegen, Long Prairie, MN, Bernice (Sylvester) Thompson, Austin, Ann Hemenway, Missoula, Mont., cousin, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday Oct. 16 at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with the Reverend Gene Leiter officiating. Interment will be at the Red Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and at the church for one hour before the service on Saturday. The family prefers memorials to the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

Honorary casket bearers will be all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Bev Pitcher, Joyce Jacobson, Hazel Johnson and Mike Braaten. Casket bearers will be John Kruse, Dale Kruse, Larry Kruse, Travis, Kruse, Donald Prohaska, Mike Doolan and Vern Jacobson.