Edna grew up on a farm in Sartell with her two brothers and two sisters. Her dad was a farmer who raised cattle for Coborn’s, while her mom took care of the house. Along with cooking for the family her mom also cooked for the hired hands on the farm. Her chicken noodle soup was a favorite of Edna’s. As a child Edna would play outside a lot and particularly liked basketball.
Over the 50 plus years that she was married to her husband, they raised seven children and did a lot of traveling. Edna’s husband was a machinist and worked on his dad’s farm and she took care of the house and kids until they were old enough to leave home. When all the kids were grown, Edna got a job as a manager in the pattern department at Fingerhut. Edna and her husband loved to travel together and enjoy each other’s company. After getting married they moved to Waite Park but were also able to live in both South Dakota and Texas. Texas was her favorite.
Some of Edna’s hobbies included gardening, cards and baking. She liked to make her famous banana bread and share it with all her children. She was part of a card group during her 30 plus years at the apartments on campus. Whenever the group met, Edna always brought bars to snack on and made sure the coffee was ready. Some of her time at the apartments was also spent volunteering and delivering home delivered meals.
Her family started noticing some memory issues and confusion about five years ago. The move to the Memory Cottages three years ago has had a very positive impact. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Her daughter visits every Tuesday and sometimes on weekends and this seems to help a lot. Edna likes the cottages. ”It’s a good place to live,” she says. We are proud Edna calls Good Shepherd home.