Ilene Kolstad, 97

Ilene Adeline Kolstad (“Sis” Socher), 97, of Maple Plain, MN, and Lyndale, MN, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.

She was born Dec. 29, 1924, to Sally Gallus and Gehrman Socher in Franklin Township, MN.

Sis was a longtime waitress at the Minnetonka Mist and Surfside. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Ilene was a no-nonsense, hardworking, strong woman. She was independent and possessed a sharp wit.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sally Gallus and Gehrman Socher; and nine siblings, Ambrose Socher, Dorothy Czech, Lucille Kusha, Cecelia Florek, Leona Yantes, Aloys, Alex, Clarence, and Leo Socher.

Survived by her children, Sandy Ahlstrom, Bruce, Wes (Marlys Elsen), Tom, Penny, and Cheryl Kolstad; grandchildren, Cari Ahlstrom (Paul Berg), Jamie Kolstad (Chris Laughlin), Raleigh and Michael Kolstad, Andy (Venera) Anderson and Travis (Nicte) Anderson, Amber Ganzel, Carson, Charlie, and Paris Kolstad; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Jenna Laughlin, Alian, Ximena, Sebastian and Nicholas Anderson, Adriana Anderson, Nohea, and Ramona Ganzel; sister-in-law, Merrilla Socher; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mass of the Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, St. Peter’s campus, Delano, MN.

Visitation took place from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano prior to leaving for mass. A luncheon took place following the Mass in Hanzel Hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church (401 N River St.) in Delano. Private family interment at a later date.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, MN.

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