Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday Obituary - Erna Lund, Coon Rapids, Iowa

Sunday Obituary
Erna Lund
Coon Rapids, Iowa

A close family friend, a local school teacher, from our hometown:

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise, February 6, 2014:

Funeral services will be held for Erna Lund Tuesday, February 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. The service will be officated by Reverend Bill
Bernau. The visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. just prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Union Township Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be John Grettenberg, Larry Jensen, Charlie Nixon, Doug Pevestorf, Jack Tuel, and Steve Venteicher.
Erna passed away on Saturday, February 1, at her home in Coon Rapids.


Erna Louise, daughter of Chris and Sena (Moller) Lund, was born October 6, 1920, north of Manning. She was baptized September 10, 1922. The family lived on various farms in the Manning area and at the age of five, Erna attended country school for one year. Because of her father’s illness, the family moved to a small acreage at Aspinwall where Erna attended school until October 6, 1929, when the family moved to Coon Rapids, and she attended the fourth grade.

Erna was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church near Coon Rapids in 1934 and graduated from Coon
Rapids High School in 1938. After taking Normal Training in high school, she began her long teaching career at the Kretzinger country school two miles north of Coon Rapids and then at the Star (Union #1) school from 1938 to 1946. Erna received her Bachelor of Science Degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines.

She subsequently taught third grade in Bayard for 11 years. During this time in 1950, Erna and her mother purchased Erna’s present home at 219 Park Street in Coon Rapids. From 1957 until her retirement in 1985, she taught third grade at Coon Rapids Community School. She taught school for a total of 47 years. Erna was a Life Member of the National Education Association and Iowa State Education Association, as well as a past member of the Coon Rapids Local Association.

Erna has been a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids for many years and the
WELCA Ladies Organization, CU TTT, O.M.C. Club of Coon Rapids and was a Senior Citizen Volunteer.

Erna died peacefully at her home on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the age of 93 years, 3 months and 26 days of age.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Elmer Lund and a sister Edith and her husband Harold Johnson.

Erna is survived by a niece Kristie Cummings and husband Brian of Columbus Junction; a nephew Kent Johnson and wife Sue of Wapello; four great-nieces: Alissa Villhauer and husband Nathan of Hills; Sena Cummings of Columbus Junction; Andrea and husband Eric Riley of Davenport and Karra and husband Jarrod Diedrich of DeWitt; a sister-in-law Anna Lund of Coon Rapids, IA; other relatives in Denmark and many friends.

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