Erva Cornelia Lundgaard, age 96 of River Falls, WI, passed away peacefully at Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls WI on December 21, 2020. Erva was born December 19, 1924 in Spring Valley, WI to Nim and Dena (Danielson) Anderson. She graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1943. On September 30, 1944, Erva was united in marriage to William Edwin Lundgaard. They resided on the Lundgaard farm north of Lawton throughout their married life. Their marriage was blessed with 2 children, Gloria and Wayne. Erva and William shared 31 loving and devoted years together until William’s death in 1975. Erva loved time spent with family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a busy homemaker, often helped with outside farm chores, but always had time to help others whatever the need. After her children were grown, she worked at Smeads Mfg in River Falls for many years. She moved from the farm to her house in River Falls in 1982.
Erva trusted the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior and thus knew His abiding presence in her heart and life. She was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she served faithfully as Sunday School superintendent and teacher for many years, as well as being very involved with women’s Bible study groups, and many other areas of church activities. She had a great sense of humor, contagious smile and was a very fun person. Erva loved to bake and generously shared with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Those who knew Erva always looked forward to her homemade bars, cinnamon rolls, Swedish tea rings, and homemade pies. She made the best lefse and lots of it at Christmas time.
Erva is survived by daughter, Gloria Hanson of Hudson, WI; son, Wayne (Karen) Lundgaard of Ellsworth, WI; grandchildren: Jeff (Brianne) Hanson, Sonia (Erik) Peterson, Nicole (Tim) Harris, and Leah Lundgaard; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Hanson Jr., Joshua Hanson, Leif Peterson and Ella Peterson; sister, Florence Gullickson of Eau Claire, WI; and sister-in-law, Della Anderson of Frederic, WI; many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. She was be deeply missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her parents; siblings: Nethis (Martin) Peterson, Ernest (Frances) Anderson, Trudella Anderson, Minnard Anderson; son-in-law, Kenneth Hanson; brother-in-law Vern Gullickson.
Out of concern for precautions regarding the ongoing Covid pandemic, private family graveside services at 11:00AM, Saturday, Dec 26, with Rev. Lucas Ladnier officiating. Burial will be at the ‘Old’ Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Beldenville. A celebration of Erva’s life will take place at a later date.
Erva’s family extends special thanks and appreciation to the staff of Kinnic Health & Rehab who kindly and lovingly cared for Erva throughout her 5 years there.
Memorials In memory of Erva may be directed to donor’s choice or to Our Savior’s Cemetery Association. Condolences may be sent directly to Erva’s family, or to: The family of Erva Lundgaard, O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.
O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home (715) 273-4421. www.oconnellbenedict.com