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Burdell Barsness

Funeral services for Burdell Barsness of Cyrus will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus, with Reverend John R. Smith officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Scandia West Cemetery, rural Cyrus.

Burdell Lawrence Barsness, son of Carl Barsness and Betsey (Lerdahl) Barsness, was born Dec. 29, 1917 in Walden Township in Pope County. He grew up in New Prairie Township and attended rural country school. Following his schooling, he worked for area farmers. On June 18, 1944, he was united in marriage to Ruth E. Larson. The couple lived and farmed in the Cyrus area. In 1982, they retired and moved into Cyrus. Burdell and Ruth enjoyed spending many winters in Arizona. Ruth died on April 10, 1995. Burdell continued to live in Cyrus until July of 2010, when he moved to Skyview in Morris. In August he became a resident at West Wind Village, where he continued to live until the time of his death.

Burdell was a member of Scandia Lutheran Church and later Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. He enjoyed collecting old tools, camping, traveling the countryside and checking crops. Burdell also enjoyed woodworking, had made many lamps that he shared and donated and also made several items for his church. But most of all, Burdell loved spending time with his family and friends.

Burdell died on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at West Wind Village in Morris, MN, having lived to reach the age of 93 years.

He is survived by three children: Charles (Martha) Barsness of South St Paul, Richard (Barb) Barsness of Farwell and Kathryn Barsness of Cottage Grove; six grandchildren: Karin (Nathan) Alwin of Waunakee, Wis., Erik (Christina) Barsness of St Paul, Betsey (Mario) Alessi of Ramsey, Amy (Jeff) Boyle of Cyrus, Sarah (Evan) Anderson of Hancock and Mark Barsness of East Grand Forks; six great-grandchildren: Grace and Valentina Alessi, Ava and Nora Boyle and Logan and Ella Anderson; two sisters: Cecelia Strand of Morris and Myrtle Kuehn of Fargo, N.D. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife: Ruth Barsness; his parents and special friend, Dolores Berg.

Pallbearers for the service are: Erik Barsness, Nathan Alwin, Mark Barsness, Evan Anderson, Jeffrey Boyle and Mario Alessi. Karl Retzlaff will serve as organist for the service with Cornell Svaren serving as soloist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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