Clela Braastad, 86

Published 10:25 am Monday, December 5, 2011

Clela Braastad, 86, of Long Prairie, Minn., died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at her residence in Round Prairie Township.

Clela Braastad

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 610 Second Ave. SE, Long Prairie. The Rev. Paul Biegner will officiate and burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Long Prairie. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Arrangements are entrusted with Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.

Clela May Graves was born Nov. 26, 1925, in Austin, to Charles and Mary (Gallagher) Graves. She was united in marriage to Gordon Braastad at Northwood, Iowa, on Oct. 31, 1941. In 1942 the couple moved to St. Francis in Anoka County where they owned and operated Gordy’s Country Store until 1997 when the store was sold. They owned Sirens Now & Then until 2007. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in St. Francis. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, bird watching and visiting with friends and family. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie.

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Clela is survived by her two sons, Gerald (Cheryl) Braastad of Long Prairie and Steven (Iva) Braastad of Nowthen; sister, Donna Mullenbach of Adams; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordy; parents, Charles and Mary Graves; five brothers; and seven sisters.