Edith Elizabeth Bissen, 94

Published 9:39 am Friday, September 18, 2015

Edith Elizabeth Bissen, 94, of Hayfield, Minnesota, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at the Field Crest Care Center, Hayfield.

Edith was born March 20, 1921, in McIntyre, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Christina (Gehartz) Winkels. She attended school in McIntire, Iowa, and Wayne Township. Edith was employed at Hormel in Austin. She married Edward John Bissen on June 7, 1944, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, Minnesota. They farmed in the area until moving to Blooming Prairie in the early 1950s. Edith worked at various jobs until 1963 when she was employed at the Owatonna Canning Company, where she worked for 16 years. After Ed passed away in 1979, she lived in Owatonna in the summer and went to Texas in the winter. While in Texas, she bought a three-wheel bike and would ride from one end of Owatonna to the other, which she enjoyed. She moved to Hayfield in 1999 where she enjoyed playing cards. She loved to travel and garden and take care of her African Violets.

She is survived by her three children: Diane Bedney of Owatonna, Dennis (Joan) Bissen of Austin, and Donald (Norma) Bissen of Owatonna; five grandchildren: Brent (Sara) Bissen, Betsy Bissen, Cole Bedney, Michelle (Ross) Sletten, and Nichole (Shane) Scheill; three step grandchildren: Sonja (Chris) Rath, Patrick Bedney, and Mike Bedney; seven great-grandchildren: Brett, Noah, Cassidy, McKenna, Logan, Colin, and Amelia; one step great granddaughter, Stephanie; two great-great-grandchildren: Caspyan and Adyson; her brother, Marvin (Mary) Winkels of LeRoy; several nieces and nephews.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; one brother; two sisters; and two infant sons.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, Owatonna, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Michaelson Funeral Home, Owatonna, with the Rev. Thomas Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, LeRoy, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to American Heart Association or donor’s choice.