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.