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Edna L. Hovern, 87

Edna Lorraine (Perhus) Hovern, age 87, of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 9, 1925, in Cass County, ND, the daughter of Albert and Dorothy (Hermundstad) Perhus. Edna was baptized as an infant May 10, 1925, by Pastor M. Endresen, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth June 25, 1939, by Pastor C. Sandager, both at Norman Lutheran Church in Kindred, ND.

She received her education in Kindred, ND, and was a graduate of the Kindred High School class of 1943. Edna furthered her education by attending Concordia College in Moorhead for three-and-one-half years, receiving a teaching degree in 1947.

Edna was united in marriage to Alton “Al” Hovern June 19, 1948, by Pastor Turms at Norman Lutheran Church in Kindred, ND. Edna and Al made their home in Eyota and Upsala, MN, until 1952, when they moved to Lester Prairie.

God blessed their marriage with one son, Dean. They shared and enjoyed over 22 years of marriage, until Al passed away Dec. 19, 1970.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Edna taught English and was the librarian at Watertown High School. She was a faithful member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where she sang in the choir.

Full of life, Edna’s passions included bridge, Alton’s art work, and the neighbor’s children. She treasured the time she spent with her friends and family, especially her granddaughter, Missy.

Edna is survived by her son, Dean Hovern of Devils Lake, ND; a granddaughter, Melissa “Missy” Jason and her husband, Scott, of Henderson, NV; daughter-in-law Shirley Ripley of Fargo, ND; a sister, Delores Doberstein and her husband, George, of Bloomington; a brother, Ernie Perhus and his wife, Donna, of Sulphur, OK; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Alton; Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Dorothy Perhus; a sister, Marion Oxford; and a brother, Alvin Perhus.

Funeral services celebrating her life took place Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, followed by interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the services. The organist was Marsha Christenson. Congregational hymn were “Beautiful Savior,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Honorary casket bearers were Doreen, Paige, Jadyn and Elijah Aldrich.

Casket bearers were Scott Jason, Dean Aldrich, Josiah Aldrich, Don Hoof, Dale Dietel

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.