WILBERT - A Celebration of Life service for Luella C. Beckendorf, 95, of Rosemount, Minn., formerly of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilbert. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Luella passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, 2013, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Luella Carolina Anna Thiesse was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Tenhassen Township, Martin County, the daughter of William and Amanda (Leiding) Thiesse. She was baptized on Nov. 18, 1917, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilbert. On June 21, 1931, she was confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Ceylon.
Luella married Edwin J. Beckendorf on Jan. 30, 1938. In the early years of their marriage, they farmed in Lake Belt Township. In 1949, they purchased the Wilbert Store in Tenhassen Township, which they operated for 20+ years.
In 1970, they moved to the farm that had been homesteaded by Edwin's grandparents. Edwin passed away in December 1985. Luella continued to live on the farm until 2007, when she moved to the Twin Cities area to be cared for by family. Those who feel blessed to have called her family include 10 children, Valera Wagner (Clay) of Burnsville, Carl Beckendorf (Chery) of Fairmont, Phyllis Normand of Burnsville, Bill Beckendorf (Sandy) of Fairmont, Jim Beckendorf (Sally) of Young America, Arn Beckendorf (Judy Bryan) of Fairmont, Dave Beckendorf (Eileen) of Delanco, N.J., Tom Beckendorf (Rita) of Ceylon, Kathy Ellerton (Don) of Rosemount, John Beckendorf (Shirley) of Lakeville; 24 grandchildren, Susan, Mike (Sandi), Andrea, Aaron (Amy), Carrie, Jackie (Joey), Jonathan, Matt (Lucia), Nathan, Teddy (Tris), Nichole (Justin), Jana, Carla, Ginny (Nate), Jeffrey, Tim (Lori), Justin, Nicholas, Amanda (Peter), Tim (Carly), Jason, Joseph (Rhiannon), Jushua, Stephanie (Sam); 18 great-grandchildren, Jonah, Sam, Zach, Luella, Sofia, Addey, Micah, Keegan, Katelyn, Tyler, Joe, James, Allie, Jake, Paige, Natalie, Shiloh and Marley; sister and brother-in-law, Arleen and Don Preston; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Sylvan and Rosalin Thiesse, Marvin and Eileen Thiesse, Donald and Joann Thiesse; sister-in-law, Audrey Thiesse. Luella is also survived by many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Luella was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Paul Normand; sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Ray Halverson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Luella Thiesse, Clarence and Mae Thiesse and Dr. Elmer Thiesse; nephew, Charles Preston.
Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.