Esther LerfaldEsther M. Lerfald, born Dec. 24, 1913 to Iver K. and Elizza Marie (Pederson) Johnson on the family farm near Sharon, ND, died June 30 in Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, at the age of 98.
Esther M. Lerfald, born Dec. 24, 1913 to Iver K. and Elizza Marie (Pederson) Johnson on the family farm near Sharon, ND, died June 30 in Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, at the age of 98.
She grew up on the farm with 6 sisters and 2 brothers, one her twin brother Imer. She attended Huff Church and graduated from Sharon High School.
After working in Grand Forks and Minneapolis she returned home to marry George I. Lerfald on Dec. 24, 1937. They lived in Northwood, ND and moved to Grand Forks in 1941. They were blessed with two daughters, Yvonne Loy (Bonnie) Egertson and Elaine Marie Rudd. She was a loving and supportive housewife and mother.
They joined Sharon Lutheran church in 1942. She was active in Sunday School, choir, Ladies Aid, Circle and Golden Age. Other volunteer activities included Girl Scout Leader and PTA. She belonged to a Birthday club and to Homemakers. She enjoyed oil painting, knitting, crocheting, quilting and traveling. She especially enjoyed weekends at their cottage on Island Lake near Lengby, MN which they shared with the Larry Bue family of Grand Forks. George died on June 15, 1985.
Besides her two daughters, she leaves behind two sons-in-law, Joel Egertson of Lakewood, OH and Jim Rudd of Hillsboro, ND, two granddaughters, Jo Anne (Kevin) Kershner of Powell, OH, and Jennifer (Adam) Renkly of Fargo, ND, two great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Mitchell Kershner; one sister, Vivian (Leslie) Bugbee of Mason City, IA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012 in Sharon Lutheran Church, 1720 S. 20th St., Grand Forks.
Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. with a 5:30 p.m. Prayer Service Friday, July 6, 2012 in Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks and for the hour prior to the service in the church.
Interment: Memorial Park South Cemetery, Grand Forks.
Online guest registration is available at www.amundsonfuneralhome.com
(Amundson Funeral Home, Grand Forks)