Edna R. Paetow, 96, formerly of Erdahl and Elbow LakePublished 9:59am Thursday, July 11, 2013 Updated 12:08pm Thursday, July 11, 2013
Edna Rosella Paetow was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Barrett to Marion and Mathilda (Endreson) Anderson. There she attended country school.
Around 12 years of age, she worked as a housekeeper and babysitter for an aunt and uncle in exchange for room and board. Edna married Walter Karl Paetow on July 5, 1936.
The couple lived on the Erdahl family farm until 1976, when they moved to Elbow Lake.
Edna, while raising 10 children, was an extraordinary cook, baker, quilter, seamstress and gardener. She was an avid reader and crossword puzzle solver.
While farming, Edna worked at the Ashby City Restaurant, Elbow Lake Hospital, cleaned houses in Elbow Lake and washed laundry for the Barrett teachers.
Edna was a member of Erdahl Lutheran Church and served as a Sunday school teacher and Ladies Aide member.
She and Walter were Erdahl Cemetery custodians for many years.
In addition, she was active in Homemaker’s, Women’s Study clubs and Elbow Lake Senior Citizen Center.
Edna helped start the Elbow Lake Food Shelf. She received her high school GED in 1983, at the age of 67.
She walked in the Elbow Lake 5K Flekkefest race and won first place in the Senior Citizen division.
Edna is survived by her children and their spouses; Dorothy and Dave Nelson of The Villages, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Patricia Paetow of Jasper, Ga., David and Loretta Paetow of Fergus Falls, Judy and Tim Langlie of Cottage Grove, Jerry and Elizabeth Paetow of Montrose, Carl and Sheila Paetow of Little Falls, Kathleen and David Brehmer of Sauk Rapids, Leland Paetow of Elbow Lake, and Penny Bolton of Denham Springs, La.; brother and sister-in-law, Orrin and Irene Anderson of Portland, Ore.; sister-in-law, Betty Anderson of Le Sueur; brother-in-law, Louis Anderson of Tamarack; sister-in-law, Bobbie Anderson of Green Valley, Ariz.; 29 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Walter of 53 years; five brothers; two sisters; six sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and three children, Walter Jr., Stanley and Donald.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at church
Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, at Peace Lutheran Church, Ashby
Clergy: Rev. Carol Olson
Burial: Erdahl Cemetery, Erdahl
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Ashby