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Ethel Braaten

Funeral services for Ethel Braaten of Morris, were held Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Nora Lutheran Church, Kensington. Reverend Elaine Leone officiated. Burial was at Nora Cemetery.

Ethel Sylvia Hanson, daughter of Severin and Emelia (Brenden) Hanson, was born Feb. 9, 1925 in Watonwan County. On April 5, 1925, Ethel was baptized in Madelia. At the age of three, Ethel's family moved to Elbow Lake, where she grew up on the family farm. On June 4, 1939, Ethel was confirmed at Ness Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake. On June 12, 1948, she was united in marriage to Obert Braaten at Ness Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in rural Farwell.

Ethel was an active member of Nora Lutheran Church, where she was involved with the Nora Ladies Aid. She sewed quilts and made layettes, health kits and school kits for Lutheran World Relief and served as a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of Nora Homemakers. She enjoyed quilting, embroidering, reading, dancing polkas and waltzes, sewing, baking, collecting salt and pepper shakers and playing games with her grandchildren.

Ethel died on Friday, April 2 at her home in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 85 years.

She is survived by her husband, Obert Braaten of Morris; four children: Karen (Don) Auel of Elk River, David (Carol) Braaten of Farwell, James (Karen) Braaten of Kensington and Kevin (Leila) Braaten of Hancock; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Delores (Eugene) Froemming of St. Cloud; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Johnny (Beverly) Braaten; sister-in-law: Mildred Dahlseng and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harold Hanson; three grandchildren and brother-in-law: Arnold Dahlseng.

Pallbearers were: John, Ryan and Jeffrey Auel, Darrin, Alan and Nickolas Braaten and Ryan Biss. Honorary pallbearers were Tina (Braaten) Biss, Joanna and Megan Braaten, Sarah and Heidi Auel and Maria Lund. Laverne Olson was organist and Connie Solvie was soloist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the arrangements.

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