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Edna Emma Glessing

Edna Emma Glessing was called to her eternal rest May 4, 2002, at the age of 85 years, five months, and 13 days while a resident of the Howard Lake Care Center.

Edna was born in Middleville Township, Wright County Dec. 21, 1916, the daughter of Gustav and Pauline (nee Ruge) Melinsky.

She was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Jan. 28, 1917, by the Rev. Alfred Streufert and confirmed in her faith at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake April 13, 1930, by the Rev. C. G. Seltz.

St. James Church began a Sunday School Oct. 25, 1925, and Edna was a member of its first Sunday School class.

At the age of 13, her mother died, and Edna quit school to care for her two younger brothers and father. She worked at picking strawberries and raspberries, and also detasseled corn.

She was united in marriage to Warren Henry Glessing June 30, 1937, at St. James. This union was blessed with the births of two children.

She and Warren made their home and owned a jewelry business in Howard Lake. She enjoyed gardening, reading, quilting, embroidering, fishing, bowling, watching local baseball and softball teams, playing cards and games, and doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles.

Her father, brothers, husband, and son all enjoyed hunting and fishing, so preparing wild game became another of her talents.

Going for a drive in the country was a special past-time for Warren and her to do on weekends or after a busy day at the store.

After Warren died in 1989, Edna began taking classes to obtain a diploma. She always regretted not being able to finish school, and in June of l99l at the age of 74, she received her GED.

As a member of St. James Church, she assisted the pastors at the Care Center during the monthly chapel services.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Pauline Melinsky; her husband, Warren; one sister, Lillie Horsch; and two brothers, Harlan Melinsky and Grant Melinsky.

She is survived by her children, daughter Jean (Ralph) Krohn, son Richard (Astrid) Glessing; four grandchildren, Brian (Linda) Krohn, Janet Krohn, Cindy Krohn, and Rita Glessing; two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Ethan Krohn; one sister-in-law, Vivian Melinsky; nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

The organist was Nancy Butterfass.

Pallbearers were Larry Melinsky, Don Horsch, Roger Olson, John Horsch, Harlan Horsch, Carl Holm. Honorary pallbearer was Burton Horsch.

Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, Minnesota.

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