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Martha Evangeline Thorkildson, 100

Martha Evangeline Thorkildson, 100, of rural Stephen, passed away
peacefully on Sunday, March 25,2012 at the Karlstad Healthcare
Center, surrounded by family members. Martha was born in the rural
Pelan, Minnesota area, Apnl 19, 1911 to the late Charles and Margaret
Strand, Swedish immigrants. Her family lived in the Pelan and later
the Karlstad area as she grew to womanhood. On June 15, 1940 she
married Anders Thorkildson at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Karlstad.
They made their home and farmed on the Thorkildson family farm in the
“Happy Corner” area of rural Stephen. Martha was active in the St.
Petri Lutheran Church and was a model of stability and Christian
faith.  She enjoyed patching clothes, crocheting, knitting, gardening
and reading (especially her Bible). We often heard her humming a
favorite hymn as she baked bread or prepared a meal for her family.
She always enjoyed visiting with family and friends and after moving
to Karlstad in 2006, she especially looked forward to visits from
family.
    Survivors include her six children: Margaret (George) Carter of Red
Wing, MN; Terry (Mary Claire) Thorkildson of Gainesville, FL; Ray
(Carolyn) Thorkildson of  Waubun, MN; Jan (Rod) Wills of
Jacksonville, FL; John (Mary Stewart)  Thorkildson of Stephen, MN;
and Carol Thorkildson of Karlstad, MN; eight grandchildren: Bruce
Carter of Minneapolis, MN, Brenda (Adam Solomon) Carter of New Haven,
CT; Thomas Thorkildson and Andrew Thorkildson both of Gainesville FL;
Jill (Steve) Troutner of Glen Cove, NY; Blaine (Lynn) Thorkildson of
Barnesville, MN; Shannon Amundson of Tacoma, WA and Leslie (Jonathan)
Wood of Brooklyn Park, MN and eight great grandchildren: Senna,
Caleb, Myles, Emani, Brenden, Owen, Natalia and Alexa. Martha was
preceded in death by her husband Anders on June 17, 1996, her
parents, her sisters Selma and Junette and brothers Carl, Edwin,
Leonard, and Arthur.
    Martha will be greatly missed by her family and everyone who knew
her. She was gentle, kind and soft-spoken, always gracious and
sensitive to the needs of others.
    Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, April 2nd , 2012 at 10:30
a.m. in First Lutheran Church at Stephen.  Interment will be in St.
Petri Cemetery, rural Stephen.  Rev. Mike Schendel, presiding; Renee
Jensen, organist and Cindy Kuznia, soloist.  Casket bearers will be
Bruce Carter, Blaine Thorkildson, Thomas Thorkildson, Luther Johnson,
David Jensen and Gayle Field.  Visitation will be at the church on
Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
The Austin Funeral Home of Stephen is in charge of arrangements.
website www.austinfuneralchapel.com

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