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Edith E. Ailie, 93

Edith Elizabeth Ailie, age 93, of Dassel, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Cokato Manor.

The funeral service will be Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, followed by interment at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday evening, March 29 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and will continue Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Edith was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Ramsey, MI, to Leander and Martha (Lamminen) Jacobson. She was baptized in Ironwood, MI. Her father died in 1924, in Ironwood, and at the age of 7, she moved to Dassel with her stepfather, Hans Kalli and her mother.

She attended Little Swan School and Dassel High School, graduating in 1939; and Hutchinson Teachers Training class, graduating in 1940.

Edith was married to Clifford Ailie July 15, 1942, at Great Bend, NY, while Clifford was in the United States Army. They also lived in New Jersey and Atlanta, GA before he was sent overseas.

After the war, the couple lived in Sartell, before moving to their farm in northeast Dassel, where they lived for 25 years and raised their family of six children.

In 1971, they moved to Waite Park, where they lived for 16 years during Cliff’s employment at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud; and in 1987, they retired to their home at Big Swan Lake, northeast of Dassel.

Edith taught a total of six years in Meeker and Wright counties, and was the last teacher at Knapp School, from 1968 to 1971.

She was the reporter for the Dassel Dispatch and reported the North East Dassel News.

Edith had worked at Haapala Seed for nine years, was a nursing assistant and volunteer at Waite Park Nursing Home, and was a volunteer at the Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home.

Edith enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Her church family was very important to her. She will be greatly missed at Ailie Camp.

Edith was a member of Grace Apostles Lutheran Church, the Dassel Area Historical Society, Finnish American Historical Society of Cokato, and a charter member, for over 50 years, of the “Swanview Birthday Club.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford in 1995; her parents; infant brother, Lloyd Kalli; infant sister, Elaine Kalli; brother, Earl Kalli; step-brother, Elmer Kalli; step-sister, Louella Dandridge; son-in-law, Colin Callister; and a great grandson, Benjamin Olson.

Edith is survived by her children, Sharon Callister of Cannon Falls, Carol (Duane) Sangren of Litchfield, Mark Ailie, Janet (Keith) Barberg, all of Dassel, John (Kathy) Ailie of Eau Claire, WI, and Scott (Marlys) Ailie of Detroit Lakes; 27 grandchildren; and 45 great-grandchildren, and another one on the way.

She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Bette Kalli of Baxter; many nieces and nephews; special goddaughters, Joan (Tormanen) Lindula, Mary Ann Leukuma (Manthey), and Mary (Isaacson) Hershey; godson Tim Haag; special visiting companion, Nancy Piepenburg; and many friends.

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