JOHN EMMET LANCE

E. Lance  webphotoEmmet 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.

12 guestbook entries for JOHN EMMET LANCE

  1. Darwin and Marlene Nelson February 5, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Dear Dianne, Sue and families,
    Both Darwin and I have fond memories of your Father. I remember many wonderful sleep-overs at your house and Darwin sang next to him in the choir at church. We enjoyed our visits with him in recent years at Elmhurst. We will all miss him greatly. Our love, prayers and sympathy go out to all of you.
    Darwin and Marlene Nelson

  2. judy mouser February 6, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Dear Dianne and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, especially during the service as you remember your very special dad. My love, Judy

  3. Roland, Joni, and family February 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Peace be with you. We never knew John, but just knowing you Dianne, your father must have been a wonderful person to nurture someone as special as you. We won’t make the funeral, but our hearts are with you. Peace.

  4. Kate (Jaques) Woodfill February 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Oh, the wonderful memories. And now there is only one precious person left of the old Birthday Club. Didn’t we have a good time at Mille Lacs when we were little? One of my favorite memories is of Wally, your dad and my dad playing horseshoes out back at Rock’s cabin. In later years I enjoyed visiting with Emmy when he would come to see my mother in the nursing home. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Kate

  5. Marv and Merrily February 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    It is with great sadness that we extend our deepest sympathy to you, Dianne and your family. Time will pass and the pain will lessen, but memories will be forever present of someone who was so special to so many people. May God comfort you in His loving arms and fill you with His peace.

  6. Heidi Korstad February 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I have such great neighborhood memories of Emmy! He was such a special friend to our family. He and my Dad had alot of fun too with Brotherhood fish frys and even a trip out West. So many adults in Braham taught us “kids” what it ment to be a citizen and friend. It is one of his legacies. THanks Emmy.

  7. Shirley Bock February 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Dianne, Sue and families,
    I was so sorry to hear about Emmie’s passing. What an extraordinary man! He lived every day to the fullest and always had a smile for everyone. I’ll always remember the times that Emmie and my dad have been able to spend together in recent years. I would sit and watch the two of them talk, thinking about their friendship that spanned almost 70 years. My dad and I won’t be able to make it to the funeral, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Shirley

  8. Belinda & Pat Blahnik February 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Sue, Dianne and families,
    We were sorry to hear about your Dad and Grandpa Emmet. I really enjoyed visiting with Emmet at Elmhurst … he was so sharp and what a terrific memory. Take care and God Bless.

  9. Beverly Robinson February 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Dear Dianne, Sue, and families,
    Please accept my sympathies on the death of your father. He was such a wonderful friend to my dad and so good to me during my days at BELC. May God’s peace sustain you during these days.
    Beverly Robinson

  10. Curt and Mary Hill February 15, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Dear Dianne and Sue,
    We feel so privileged to have known your wonderful dad briefly, and to have witnessed the love and faithfulness you shared. You inspire us! May the Lord give you His comfort, peace and true joy. Curt and Mary

  11. Charlie & Barb Champlin February 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Dear Diane & Sue-Your dad was a wonderful man and our prayers are with you. I really enjoyed visiting with Emmet on the several occasions I had the privilege. We know how much he meant to you and you to him. Thanks so much for sharing your last hours with him.

  12. Wayne Holle February 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    To Dianne, Susan and families: Once in ones lifetime you should get the opportunity to have a great neighbor. Our opportunity came when for thirteen years we had the good fortune of having your family next door. Your dad, Emmet, was one of those individuals always ready to extend a helping hand when needed or offer a hand in friendship. The world would be a better place with more individuals such as your dad. On behalf of Janine and myself, Joanne, Christine, David and Julie we sincerely extend our warmest condolences for the loss of a wonderful dad.
    Wayne and Janine Holle

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