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Edwin A. Bodin, 94

Edwin Adolph Bodin, age 94, of Howard Lake, formerly of Waverly and Annandale, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.

He was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Marysville Township, Wright County, the son of Charles and Selma (Svensson) Bodin. Edwin was baptized Jan. 20, 1918, at the Swedesburg Lutheran Church in Marysville Township; and confirmed in his faith June 28, 1931, at Carlslund Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

He attended the Little Canada School near his home through the eighth grade.

Edwin was a faith-filled member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. In 1988, he and his brother joined Mount Hermon Lutheran Church in rural Annandale. Here, they enjoyed new friendships as they joined in fellowship with this congregation.

Edwin lived most of his life on the family farm in Marysville Township. It was on his family farm that he and his brother, Reuben, enjoyed the career of farming. Milking cows and working their land provided everything they needed to lead an enjoyable life. When the work was done, they were off to their newest favorite spot to enjoy the quiet joy of fishing.

In 2001, the brothers moved to the Annandale Centennial Villa Assisted Living and Care Center. How they enjoyed their newfound life away from the farm – they surprised us all! Daily meeting and greeting residents and staff added a new pleasure to their days.

In 2007, Reuben passed away, and Edwin agreed to move to the Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake to be closer to his family. Here, he found additional family to love – the staff, residents, and their families filled his days with so much enjoyment. His keen memory and enjoyment of sports, politics, religion, and the daily news made visiting with him a treat.

As time moved on, the fond memories of his days on the farm and the time spent fishing with his brother remained precious. It became evident that his lifetime of faith continued to grow and mature with new understanding. He faithfully studied scripture daily and joyfully shared his love for Christ.

In addition to his brother, Reuben, Edwin was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Walter in 1983, Harold in 1993, and Clarence in 1995; his sister, Ruth, in 1997; nephews Daniel and Jack; and sisters-in-law Harriet, Sally, and Fern.

Edwin is survived by four nephews and their wives Robert and Janet Bodin, Alvin and Linda Bodin, Duane and Donna Bodin, and Donald and Laureen Bodin; niece-in-law Eileen Bodin; nine nieces and their husbands, Betty and Gary Anderson, Beverly Derrick, Joan and Willie Bauernschmitt, Sharon and Allen Glessing, Jan and Tom Fitzpatrick, Barb and Lloyd Rassat, Gwen and Clyde Adickes, Cheryl and Ron Philippi, and Tami and Kevin Chilson; as well as many great nieces and nephews, and a host of special cousins and friends.

Funeral services took place Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Mount Hermon Ev. Lutheran Church in rural Annandale with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Marianne H. Zitzewitz officiated, and special music was provided by Dave Wright. Interment followed at Swedesburg Cemetery in rural Waverly.

Casket bearers were Michael T. Anderson, Mark Rassatt, Ron Philippi, Wayne Bauernschmitt, Josh Fitzpatrick, Doug Bodin, Rod Davidson, and Brian Rassat.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.