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Eileen F. Erlandson, 66

Eileen Florence Erlandson, age 66, of Gully, MN, formerly of Winsted, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Neilson Place in Bemidji.

She was born Dec. 3, 1944, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Minneapolis to Edward and Mildred (Littfin) Bayerl. Eileen grew up with her parents on a farm north of Winsted. She was confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted in 1962.

After her graduation, Eileen worked at a canning factory in Winsted. She later went to work at JC Penney in Minneapolis, and lived with her aunt Lucille Klobe, in Hopkins.

Eileen was united in marriage to Robert Erlandson Nov. 19, 1966, at Eileen’s home parish in Winsted. After their marriage, they lived in Fridley until 1971, when they moved to their farm in Johnson Township north of Gully.

Eileen worked at Tri-Valley for many years and served as manager of the Oklee Senior Site from 1991 until failing health forced her to retire in 1997.

Eileen was diagnosed with renal failure, requiring her to start kidney dialysis Oct. 29, 1997. She continued her dialysis treatments, traveling to Bemidji three times a week, for 13 years.

She was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Gully American Legion Auxiliary Unit 603, and the Catholic Aid Association.

She enjoyed her cats, and always had a large garden. Most of all, she enjoyed when the grandchildren came to visit her on the farm.

Eileen is survived by her husband, Robert, of Gully; three children, Thomas Erlandson of Gully, John (Lisa) Erlandson of Oklee, MN, and Mary Beth (Gerald) Gonsorowski of Thief River Falls, MN; four grandchildren, Ethan Klasen, Austin Erlandson, and Geran and Jazlyn Gonsorowski; her aunt, Lucille Klobe of St. Paul; sister-in-law Rosemary Wolf of McAllen, TX; as well as other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Lawrence and Betsey Erlandson; and one granddaughter, Brianna Erlandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, with Father John Kleinwachter presiding. Interment was in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Gully.

Visitation was Thursday, March 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston. Messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.