Marion Grasdalen, 101

Published 9:34 am Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Funeral services for Marion Grasdalen, 101, of Albert Lea will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at East Freeborn Lutheran Church. Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at the Central Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to

Marion died Friday, July 15, 2011, at Good Samaritan Center.

Marion Grasdalen

Marion Ardis Grasdalen was born Feb. 6, 1910, in Superior, Wis., the daughter of Walter and Pearl (Cooper) Hall. On June 11, 1932, she was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Albert Lea. In 1927, Marion graduated from Albert Lea High School. On June 11, 1932, she was united in marriage to Raymond Grasdalen. In 1939, the couple purchased a farm in the Lerdal area where they farmed until 1974 when they moved to Albert Lea. Marion was a member of East Freeborn Lutheran Church where she had been active in ladies aid, altar guild and mission circle. She had been active in country school district 88, and she and Ray were active in the Farmers’ Union for 19 years in both Freeborn county and the state of Minnesota — she was especially active in youth works.

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Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray; daughter, Beverly in infancy; sister, Arline Johnson; brothers, Maynard and Glenn; special niece, Carol Ann; and many nieces, nephews and friends.