Emmet Lance of Braham passed away Monday, February 1, 2010. He was 96 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held Saturday, February 13, 2010 at
Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church at 11 AM with Reverend Rich Chronis officiating.
VISITATION will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at the church
INTERMENT will be at Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.
John Emmet Lance, of Braham, went peacefully to be with his heavenly father on Monday, February 1, 2010 at the age of 96 years old.
Emmet’s life began on December 3, 1913 when he was born to John and Hulda Lance on the family farm in Comfort Township, Kanabec County. He lived there until 1919 when the family moved to Braham where he attended grade school and high school, graduating with the class of 1932.
Emmet was baptized and confirmed by Rev. C.E. Westlund at the Braham Mission Church. He also attended Sunday school there.
On June 29, 1935 Emmet was united in marriage to Harriet Strandlund. They were married at the Brunswick Lutheran Church by Rev C.E. Odahl. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary together in 1985, nine months before Harriet lost her battle with cancer.
Emmet worked in the Braham Woolen Mills for 32 years, from the age of 12 until 44, when he closed it. The last 18 years of his working life he was employed by the State of Minnesota as a power plant engineer and maintenance man at the Cambridge State Hospital, retiring in 1977.
Emmet was a member of the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church for over 70 years. He served on the board for 15 years and was financial secretary for 3 years. Emmet was a member of the Brotherhood for over 60 years serving as secretary and treasurer for several terms. He also sang in the church choir for 16 years. Emmet also was a volunteer fireman for 43 years.
Emmet was preceded in death by his parents, wife Harriet (Strandlund) Lance, infant daughter Julianne Rae, infant brother Douglas Lance and brother Russel Lance.
He is survived by his two daughters Dianne (Gerald) Sizer of Hines, MN, and Sue (Jim) Grahn of Excelsior, MN; 5 grandchildren Chris (Roxi) Grahn of Cologne, MN; Amy Grahn (Elena Gaarder) of Mansfield,OH; Alison (Randy) Johnson of Excelsior, MN; Dana (Damon) Drauden; and David Sizer both of Bemdji; 5 great grandchildren Lucas, Keyshawn, and James Johnson, and Parker and Kaley Grahn; special friends Marian Lammers; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.