BLUE EARTH - Zella Egesdal, age 93, of Blue Earth, Minn., formerly of Ledyard, Iowa, died at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth, Minn., on May 9, 2010.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. today, May 11, 2010, at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard, Iowa, with Rev. Doug Vanderpol. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Elmore, Minn.
Friends and family attended her visitation on Monday at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard, Iowa, and may attend today from 9 a.m. until start of the funeral service.
Zella Mae Egesdal was born on Sept. 13, 1916, in Elmore, Minn., to Cornelius and Lolo Belle (Rowe) Eichhorn. She graduated from Elmore High School, and completed teacher's training in Cedar Falls, Iowa, before teaching country school near Elmore.
She was united in marriage to Carlin Egesdal on May 4, 1935. They were farmers until they purchased and operated the grocery store in Ledyard for 18 years. Upon retiring, Zella joined Carlin in delivering Winnebago motor homes, and visited all but two of the states. She loved to travel and, wherever she went, she never met a stranger.
Zella was a member of the E & R Church in Ledyard and was proud to be a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
After Carlin's death in 1979, Zella spent several winters in Arizona, and then settled in Callender, Iowa. In 2004, she moved to St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Blue Earth, Minn., where she enjoyed living until Mother's Day, 2010, when she left for her heavenly home.
Zella's children, grandchildren and close friends were the joy of her life. She always remembered special occasions with a card and letter. Besides writing letters, Zella enjoyed playing the piano and crocheting afghans for children, grandchildren and friends. She will be remembered by the children of Ledyard for her traditional Halloween treat of popcorn balls.
Those left to cherish her memory are six children: Ann Wallentine (Robert), Sun City West, Ariz.; Larry Egesdal (Rosina), of Manteca, Calif.; Jane Johnson, of Los Alamos, N.M.; Linda Thompson (Roger) of Lakota, Iowa; Kari Suhrbier (Darrel) of Lehigh, Iowa; Timothy Egesdal of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter-in-law Lila Rauk, of Leland, Iowa; as well as 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Elden Eichhorn, many nieces and nephews, and special family friends, Janice Winter and Lucille Eldredge.
Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, Carlin; nine siblings; a son, Carlin, Jr. (Butch); and three grandchildren, David Egesdal, Diana Johnson and Paul Thompson.
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