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Edith M. Dressel of Ogilvie died on Saturday, April 14 at the Elim Home in Milaca.  She was 89 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 11:00 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Marc Frieberg officiating.

VISITATION will be on Tuesday from 5-7 pm. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hr. prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

INTERMENT will be in Graceland Cemetery, Ogilvie, MN


Edith Mathilda Dressel passed away on April 14, 2012 at the Elim Home in Milaca, Minnesota after suffering a stroke. She was 89 years old.

Edith was born on August 8, 1922 to Walter Nelson and Bessie (Bartholomew) Nelson in McGrath, Minnesota. She attended country school for eight years and graduated from McGrath High School. With dreams of becoming a teacher, Edith attended Duluth Teachers College. She taught for six years at Cedar Lake, Big Sandy Lake Indian Reservation, Barnum, McGrath, and Moose Lake schools.

Edith married Howard Thomas Dressel on July 30, 1948.  Howard worked for the Rural Electric Association. Edith joined him as they journeyed from state to state pulling their trailer home along. They worked in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas. When their family grew, they decided to settle down in 1955 on a farm south of Ogilvie where they raised their five children and lived out their lives.

In 1965, when the youngest child went to school, Edith took a job at the Ogilvie School helping set up the new elementary library. She worked under the tutelage of Librarian Vivian Quigley. She became known as the Library Lady and later on as the Storytime Lady. Edith developed the weekly Storytime Hour program for preschoolers and she read stories to numerous preschoolers for fifteen years. She loved books and was proud of her work.

Edith retired from her school work after Howard suffered a debilitating stroke in 1981 in order to devote time to him. She found she had more time to enjoy her love of drawing and painting. She was especially adept at charcoal drawing. She became a member of the Kanabec County Art Association and the St. Paul Lutheran Church quilting ladies. These groups provided much support for her after her husband died in 1984.

Edith enjoyed her grandchildren and always scheduled an activity or a craft whenever they came to visit. She loved her flower gardens. She was a faithful Christian and loved her church family as well.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; and brother, Robert Nelson

She is survived by her children: Robert (Harriet) Dressel of Bock, Bradley (Leona) Dressel of Grasston, Gail (Mike) Lobdell of Ogilvie, Kent (Jeannie) Dressel of Ogilvie, Craig (Brenda) Dressel of Vermillion; grandchildren: Erin Lobdell Showers, Renae Dressel, Peter Dressel, Andrea Lobdell, Paul Dressel, Courtney Dressel Swanson, Kathy Lobdell Stromberg, Brandon Dressel; great-grandchildren: Lauryn, Ava, Hailey, Luke, Zeke, Levi, Adelyn; brother, Eric Nelson of Mora; sister, Darlene Peterson of Mora; nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral Services were on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Marc Freiberg officiating. Music was provided by Donna Angermeier and Steve Showers. Casket Bearers were Peter Dressel, Paul Dressel, Blake Conway, Brandon Dressel, Travis Stromberg, Kellen Swanson, and Steve Showers.


6 thoughts on “EDITH M. DRESSEL”

  1. Sincere sympathy to your family. Edith was a lovely lady.
    Kelsey remembers lots of fun times that she and Kathy had at her house when they were little.

  2. “Mrs. Dressel” was all of my children’s preschool story time teacher. She always did a special craft or project that pertained to that weeks story. My kids looked forward to that every Wednesday morning. She helped to instill their love of books that they have to this day. I will be forever grateful to her for that. My sympathies to her family in their loss of this very special lady.

  3. What a precious soul! I knew her through her art and participation via Kanabec County Art Association and fun stories from Leona and Brad and Chubby too. I am sorry for your loss. The Lord will surely enjoy her now that He has her closer to attend His flowers.

  4. Easter is the celebration of life in the midst of death. It grieves us to learn of Edith’s death. She was such a wonderful person and always a smile on her face even though she had many hardships in her life. Her faith sustained her through them all and we rejoice in the gift of new life which is hers through Jesus. In the midst of death we are surrounded by life. May that life in Christ comfort her family and friends and give them hope as we look forward to a grand reunion with those we love who have gone before.

  5. Mrs. Dressel was my storytime teacher when i was little. Wonderful memories. She was also a dear friend of my mothers, Darlene Selle. I,m sure Edith has a special place in heaven.

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