Beatrice (Bea) Elveda Brodin, age 92, of Dassel, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
She was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Clayton, WI. Bea grew up in Amery, WI, and graduated from the Amery High School in 1936.
She was baptized in Clayton, WI, and confirmed at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Amery, WI.
As a young adult, Beatrice had been employed at Conrad’s Grocery in Amery.
She was united in marriage to Stuart Brodin in October of 1941. They made their home in Minneapolis, before moving to Dassel in 1945.
Together, they owned and operated the Coffee Cup Café for a few years, before selling the café and buying and operating Stu’s Red Owl for 25 years. After selling the grocery store to Gary Stanley, Bea continued to work at the store until her retirement in 1994.
Bea was a merchant at heart; she loved to meet and talk to people. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her many friends.
In 1995, Bea moved to Shakopee and lived there until she moved back to Dassel in 1998.
Bea was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church for over 50 years. In 1997, Bea was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Shakopee, before she moved back to Dassel.
She is survived by her son, Peter (Alice) Brodin.
Bea was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart, Jan. 11, 1982; a grandson, Eric Brodin; and her parents.
Bea was the last of the Brodin in-laws of the greatest generation.
A memorial service took place Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Florine Osness was the organist, and Sheldon Hedin, the soloist, sang “On Eagle’s Wings” and “In The Garden.” Congregational hymn’s were “Lift High The Cross” and “How Great Thou Art.” Burial will take place at a later date at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel handled the arrangements.