Edna Melby was born Edna Burnette Erickson, the daughter of Edward & Tina (Hegg) Erickson on August 17, 1920 in Soler Township, Roseau County, rural Greenbush, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in Oiland Lutheran Church and attended School Dist. 22, Island Home School. Edna married Victor Wahl on June 12, 1939 at Grand Forks, ND. They farmed the Wahl homestead in Soler Township for many years. Victor died on October 7, 1976. Edna married Edward Melby on September 16, 1995 at Oiland. They lived in Greenbush. Edward died on June 23, 2006. She had been a resident of the Nursing Home in Greenbush since 2004.
Some of Edna’s interests were sewing, quilting, gardening, baking & fishing. She enjoyed ballgames and fun activities with her children and playing Dominos with brother Fauncie Erickson, and she loved music. She was a very active member of Oiland and the Ladies Aid & Sunday School for many years.
She is survived by her six children–Jeanette Wahl of Congress, AZ; Delphin (Samantha) Wahl of Greenbush; Bonnie Wahl of Congress, AZ; DeLaine (Everett) Shill of Clear Lake, Iowa; Layton (Brenda) Wahl of Williams, MN & LaRae (Franklin) Frislie of Badger, MN. 2 step-children–Lorraine (Richard) Lorenson of Merrifield, MN & Leland (Kerri) Melby of Roseau, MN.
24 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren & 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Brother—Fauncie Erickson of Greenbush. 2 sisters-in-law—Lyda Erickson of Badger, MN & Irene Erickson of Greenbush. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives & friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, eight siblings—Alida Vatnsdal, Hiram Erickson, Glenn Erickson, Hazel Vatnsdal, Ernest Erickson, Lester Erickson, Odella Gorden & Burnie Erickson, and a great-grandson, Randy Brazier.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, November 10 in Oiland Lutheran Church of rural Greenbush with Pastor Jim Christenson, officiating. Lynn Balstad was the pianist. Special music was provided by Kim Kemna, Brenda Wahl, Brock Dexter, Nichole Wojchowski, Jordan Crosser, Bill Forbister & Vickie Harris. They were accompanied by Delphin and Layton Wahl. Casket Bearers were Keith Brazier, Brian & Brent Crosser, Steve Wahl, Nichole Wojchowski & T.J. Frislie.
All of Edna’s Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren & Great-Great-Grandchildren were Honorary Pallbearers. Interment was in Oiland Lutheran Cemetery with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush in Charge of arrangements.