Ethel Wagstrom

Ethel Bernice Wagstrom , age 98 of Princeton, died Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Elim Care and Rehab Center, Princeton.

Ethel was born on September 18, 1913 to August and Ellen (Shuneson) Lundeen in Annandale. She attended Minnehaha Academy while working for a doctor.

Ethel married Lawrence Wagstrom on June 24, 1943 at the Eastside Christian Center in Minneapolis where he was pastor.  Ethel served= faithfully beside her pastor husband in many ministries.   The couple began at The Eastside Christian Center in Minneapolis.  Over the years they accepted calls to churches in St. Paul, Carney, Mich., Des Moines, Iowa, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Valparaiso, Ind., Coon Rapids and Windom.

While caring for four daughters, Ethel often opened their home to guests for meals and overnight stays.  Ethel enjoyed playing the piano and singing as well as teaching classes.  It was her joy to be a helpmate and fit in wherever she was needed.  Many of her days and evenings were spent visiting the sick or lonely.

In 1979, the couple moved to Princeton where Lawrence was chaplain at the Elim Home.  In 1990 they moved to Eden Prairie where Lawrence was chaplain at Elim Shores until retirement.

In 1999, as a new widow, Ethel moved into an apartment in Caley House.  She loved her space and had the freedom to walk to town.  She worked in the laundry as she loved to serve and looked for ways to stay busy.

Ethel is survived by three daughters and their husbands:  Mary (James) Maple of Carr, Colo.; Lois Wagstrom (Louis Feagles)  of Nashville, Tenn.; Anne (Douglas)

Lalama of Schererville, Ind.; son-in-law Terry Wassather of Elk River; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents August and Ellen Lundeen; husband Lawrence; daughter Ruth Wassather; and grandson Timothy Maple.

Ethel’s family will miss her dearly but celebrates her entrance into her forever home as that is where she longed to be.   Proverbs 3: 5-6

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Princeton Evangelical Free Church, Princeton.  Burial was in Albion Evangelical Free Cemetery, Cokato.

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