Ella A. Froemming, age 99 years, 7 months and 17 days, of Alexandria, formerly of Miltona, died Friday, December 11, 2015, at Bethany Home in Alexandria.
Funeral Services are 11 a.m., Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Miltona with Rev. Terry Finnern officiating. Music is provided by organist, Deb Joachim and vocalist, Steve Froemming. Burial is at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m., Friday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Miltona and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Ella Anne Froemming was born at home in Carlos Township on April 24, 1916, to Robert and Anne (Lemke) Schulke. She was baptized and confirmed at Carlos Lutheran Church and attended country school in Carlos through the eighth grade. On June 20, 1933 at the age of 17, she married Walter H Froemming at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Leaf Valley. She and Walter farmed in the Miltona/Carlos area and lived there for the rest of their lives.
Ella's great joy in life was providing an immaculate, welcoming home. She opened her home to her children's friends, hosted family for holiday dinners and provided well-received meals for the farmworkers. She loved to bake, specializing in cookies, donuts and family birthday cakes. Second to baking, she loved to shop. She crocheted and embroidered, recently contributing a quilt for one of her great-grandchildren. Music, especially old time music, inspired her to sing and dance. Additionally she enjoyed walks with friends, bingo and going to the senior citizens center in Miltona.
Ella's strong faith was a major part of her life. She was a charter and lifelong member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Miltona, where she hosted a Bible study and for many years took care of the communion vessels.
Ella is survived by her two daughters, Jurlienne (Laurel) Riedel of Parkers Prairie and Marcia (Reinhardt) Luedek of Miltona; son-in-law, Stan Schmidt of Echo; eight grandchildren, Laurie (Jim) Syverson, Linda (Jim) Rasmussen, Paul (Geri) Luedeke, Mark Luedeke, David (Shelley) Luedeke, Jason (Nancy) Schmidt, Delane (Tanya) Schmidt, Deven (Jill) Schmidt; 32 great-grandchildren, Chris, Jordan, Ciera, Jess, Tillia, Josie, Anna, Ellie and Promise Syverson, Bethany, Samuel and Sarah Rasmussen, Brandon, Cydnee, Quincy and Clayton Luedeke; Luke, Lezlieann and Libby Ella Luedeke, Morgan, Jacob, Levi and Jack Schmidt, Brooklyn and Chayse Schmidt, Madison, Brandon, Bryce, Cheynne, and Hunter Luedeke, Jessica Smith, and Payton Luedeke; two great-great-grandchildren, Raiden Luedeke and Ally Smith; two sisters-in-law, Adelle Froemming and Leona Betterman; brother-in-law Duane Huizinga; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ella was preceded in death by her parents; husband; seven sisters, Lena Rajdl, Martha Miller, Hazel Klausman, Frances Miller, Lily Dreger, Myrtle Zastrow and Agnes Zastrow Huizinga; two sisters-in-law, Adeline Kietzman and Ruth Froemming; 11 brothers-in-law, Edwin Froemming, Lloyd Froemming, Elroy Betterman, Ernest Kietzman, Frank Rajdl, Albert Miller, Gerhart Klausman, Frank Miller, Ervin Dreger, Ted Zastrow and Edgar Zastrow; two daughters, Beverly Jean Froemming and Dianne Elaine Schmidt; and granddaughter, Sherry Lee Riedel.
Pallbearers are her grandchildren, Laurie, Linda, Paul, Mark, David, Jason, Delane and Deven. Honorary pallbearers are Darrel Griffin, Karen Kuhnau, Jerry and Carol Zastrow, Richard and LaNell Schlosser, Leon and Patty Krause, and Karen Kuhnau.