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Myrtle Ardina Zeppelin

Myrtle Ardina Zeppelin, age 83 of Darwin, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

She was born May 6, 1922 in Corvuso, the daughter of Andrew and Dina (Nelson) Beckstrand. Myrtle spent her childhood years on the family farm with her brothers, Wendell, Melvin, Andrew, and Benjamin; and sisters Anna, Alice, and Betty.

She graduated from the Litchfield High School and continued her education by attending beauty college in St. Paul, where she completed her course work to become a licensed beautician.

Myrtle’s brother, Wendell, introduced her to Henry Zeppelin, and Henry and Myrtle were united in marriage Dec. 3, 1943 in St. Paul. Myrtle continued her life with Henry farming near Darwin, where she and Henry raised their four children, Wayne, Everet, DiAnn, and Harlow.

In addition to farm life, Myrtle was employed by National Connector Corporation in Cokato, and retired in 1991, after serving diligently for 25 years.

Always busy with family and friends, Myrtle is renowned for her love of gardens, baking, crocheting, and her favorite, all of God’s “little” children. Forever strong in her faith, Myrtle now rests with her Savior, Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her childen, Wayne (Katherine), Everet (Marjorie), all of Darwin; DiAnn (Robert) Schmitz of Cokato, and Harlow (Cheri Bialke) of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren: Shane Zeppelin, Jason Zeppelin, Chad Zeppelin, Tracy Morse, and Ryan Zepelin; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Andrew (Janice) Beckstrand of Delano, and Benjamin (Connie) Beckstrand of Carrollton, Texas; two sisters, Alice (Clifford) Dahlman, and Betty Mattson, all of Dassel; and a sister-in-law, Lois Beckstrand.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; an infant daughter, Donna Mae; parents; brothers Wendell and Melvin; sister Anna; an infant brother, Hermus; and an infant sister, Eunice.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with Pastors Vicki Toutges and Ronald Ahlgren officiating. Interment was at the Dassel cemetery.

Visitation took place Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continued for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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