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Elin Alida Holm

Elin Alida Holm, age 100 of Dassel, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005 at Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home.

She was born May 20, 1905 in Ranea, Sweden to Claus and Anna Sundberg. She spent her childhood in Sweden and attended school there.

In 1923, at the age of 18, Elin traveled to the United States with her uncle and his family. Elin’s sister, Emma, was already living in Minneapolis when she arrived, and she helped Elin get a job as a cook for a Jewish family. This family helped her learn to speak English.

Elin was married to John Arthur Holm Sept. 24, 1927 in Minneapolis. In February of 1928, the couple moved to a farm in Cokato.

They got electricity at that farm in 1939. Elin and Arthur lived there until 1969, when they moved to a different home in the country.

In 1992, Elin moved to an apartment in Cokato, and then made her final move to the Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home, where she lived until her passing.

Elin made her first trip back to Sweden in 1939, and she was fortunate to be able to continue to make many other visits there, as well. She raised turkeys, and enjoyed cooking and baking.

Elin is survived by her children; Ann Stifter of Sun City, Ariz.; Margaret Freed of Minneapolis, Delores Heyer of Edina, and Donald (Jeanette) Holm of Cokato; sister Henny Teberg of Stockholm, Sweden; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Elin was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; seven brothers and sisters; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. David Nelson officiating. Music was by Karen Anderson and Curtis Grundahl. Interment followed in the Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation took place Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continued for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Casket bearers were Lance Vargason, Bradley Holm, Mark Holm, John Newstrom, Linda Bonniwell, and Brad Bonniwell.

Arrangements were by Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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