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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Obituary: Ethel I. (Falkum) Willander

  • Ethel I. (Falkum) Willander, 96, passed away at the Clarkfield Care Center on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, November 19 at Clarkfield Care Center, officiated by Pastor Larry Wegener (Clarkfield Assembly of God Church). Burial was at Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens, Camp Release Township...
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  •     Ethel I. (Falkum) Willander, 96, passed away at the Clarkfield Care Center on Thursday, November 14, 2013.  
        Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, November 19 at Clarkfield Care Center, officiated by Pastor Larry Wegener (Clarkfield Assembly of God Church). Burial was at Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens, Camp Release Township, Lac qui Parle Co.
        Ethel Irene Falkum was born on October 4, 1917 in Normania Township, Yellow Medicine Co. to parents Thomas and Florence (Diggins) Falkum. She attended Hillside Country School District #23. She helped out with numerous farming chores and other household duties throughout her childhood and also did some tutoring with other neighboring children in later years.  Ethel’s youthful aspirations were to enter the teaching or nursing fields.
        On February 7, 1941, she was married to Jesse Willander of Clarkfield.  They were married at the Clarkfield Gospel Tabernacle Church by Rev. Helen Jepsen.  To this union two children were born:  Jeannine and Eloit.
        Ethel worked as a housewife and also worked numerous years at the Clarkfield Care Center in the Housekeeping Department.  She was a life-long member at the Clarkfield Assembly of God Church and was involved with the foreign missions as treasurer and also in the women’s ministries at the Church. She loved reading, doing embroidery work and stamp collecting.  She also loved to bake and cook.
        She is survived by her son, Eloit and his wife Barb of Hopkins; son-in-law Wayne Aeikens of Sycamore, IL; and grandchildren: Aaron Willander of Minnetonka, Amalinda Willander of Hopkins, Lynnette (Jeff) Solomon of Barrington, IL, Ronald Aeikens (Jan) of Mesa, AZ, Diane (Victor) Tyree of Belvidere, IL and great grandchildren: Brittany, Celeste and Jesse.
        She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jesse Willander; daughter Jeannine Aeikens; brothers: Melvin and Raymond Falkum; and sisters: Gladys McLean and Marjorie Kvistad.
      Arrangements by Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.
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