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June Etta Skalberg

June Etta Skalberg, age 87, of Dassel, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at her home in rural Dassel.

She was born Aug. 7, 1920, at the Albright Mill, Wright County, the daughter of Grant and Josephine (Cornette) Combs. June attended country school for her education.

She was united in marriage to Robert Skalberg Oct. 3, 1947, at the Church of Christ in Dassel. Together, they made their home on a farm southwest of Dassel.

June was an active person, and accomplished many things in her life. Her first job was at the Universal Laboratories ergot plant in Dassel. She had also worked as an elevator operator at a department store in Minneapolis.

During World War II, June worked as a welder at the Northern Pump Munitions Plant in Minneapolis, and also was employed at a railroad roundhouse in Minneapolis, greasing railroad wheels and axles. She was later employed at Fabritech in Cokato, and Fingerhut in Litchfield.

June was a dedicated worker at her church, and was one of the founding members of the Church of Christ in Dassel. She was an active member of the Priscilla Circle, taught vacation Bible school, and prepared for communion.

June loved to spend time painting, singing, playing the organ, reading, traveling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and gardening, both vegetable and flowers. She took great pride in being one of the first female pilots in the area.

She loved to watch birds and animals out her windows, was a good cook, and enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. June will deeply be missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Skalberg of Dassel; two daughters, Kathleen (Henry) Sorenson of Miami, Fla.; and Cheryl Skalberg of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.; a son, Lane Skalberg (partner Dan Brennenstuhl) of Minneapolis; three grandchildren, Karly Sorenson, Jennifer Hastings, and Kate Henderson; and two great-grandchildren, Gage Sorenson and Emily Henderson.

June was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daryl Skalberg; and a sister, Loyce Marking.

A funeral service took place Tuesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Dassel with visitation for one hour preceding the service at the church. The Rev. Marc Grindle officiated. Organist was Jeanette Tomlinson, soloist was Julia Bullivant. Hymns included “In the Garden” and “He Leadeth Me.”

Casket bearers were Brad Skalberg, Gene Oberg, Galen Ahlgren, Ted Sanderson, Brian Jensen, Dave Ahlgren, Randy Skalberg, Scott Skalberg, and Tim Tomlinson.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.