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Edna Louise Carver

Edna Louise Carver, age 97, of rural Delano, died Sunday, June 18, 2006 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born Aug. 22, 1908 in St. Paul, to Frank and Anna (Wagner) Stemig, the youngest of nine children. When Edna was seven years old, her mother married Edward Schmit. The family moved to Carvers Lake, Minn. approximately 1935.

Edna enjoyed working on the farm. As a child, she helped her parents with their farm work, and was a member of 4-H, showing many different cattle at the fairs. She also rode horseback and drove four horses on a gangplow as a teenager, doing field work on the farm; and helped deliver milk on a milk route with her father in River Falls, Wis.

Edna married Lee Charles Carver of Carvers Lake, Minn. They had six children.

Edna and Lee worked side-by-side on the farm, doing field work and milking cows. They owned farms in Carvers Lake, Stillwater, Waverly, and the Rockford area.

While living in Stillwater, Edna was an adult 4-H leader, as well as keeping her children all active in 4-H activities.

Edna and Lee both enjoyed music. They gave their children music lessons, and encouraged them to form a band and entertain at various functions, as well as on TV.

Edna also trained a white pony named Beauty to do over 40 tricks, and Beauty and the family were asked to appear on the “Jimmy Valentine Show” on television.

Edna and Lee were very involved with neighborhood activities. As a family, they played many yard games, including softball and horseshoe. No one was better at croquet than Edna.

Edna always bad fresh baked bread, cookies and pies. She opened her home to everyone and always had a very delicious homemade meal on the table.

In 1960, Edna and Lee moved to a farm by Dean Lake in Buffalo, where Lee died in 1962.

Edna moved to the rural Delano area in 1972. She milked cows until 1983, when she was 75 years old. Edna always enjoyed working outside and there wasn’t anything she couldn’t fix with a piece of baler twine.

She enjoyed playing cards, especially 500 and penny-ante poker.

When she was in her 80s, Edna started to do some traveling, which she also really enjoyed. In addition, she began to sing some karaoke, and loved to sing her two favorite songs, “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window” and “Jesus Loves Me.”

At 90 years old, Edna was still mowing about three acres of grass twice a week, not because the grass needed it, but because she liked the exercise.

Since June 2002, Edna was a resident at Park View Care Center in Buffalo, where she enjoyed bingo, playing the card game 500 with family and other residents, and helping with baking and making craft items.

Edna participated in church services in the Park View fellowship hall Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, singing at some of the services.

She was a member of the Montrose Methodist church for many years.

When she was asked about the good, long, and healthy life she had, Edna would reply, “My advice to others is to work hard and take care of yourself, eat regular meals, and drink lots of milk as I did; it builds strong bones;” and “Remember, hard work doesn’t hurt you.”

Edna is survived by her six children, 12 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Montrose, with the Rev. Ingrid Bloom officiating. Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

Visitation was Thursday, June 22 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 5 to 9 p.m.; and continued Friday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Casket bearers were Jamie Carver, Kevin Carver, Greg Harwood, Chad Harwood, John Harwood Jr., and Joshua Clark.

Honorary casket bearers were Kari Duske, Val Carver, Jodi Carver, Angie Neisen, Stacy Furtney, Lisa Clark, and Janet Lahr.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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