MYRTLE E. TELSTAD

M. Telstad webphotoMyrtle E. Telstad, of Braham, passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at her home.  She was 95 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th  at Braham Evangelical Church in Braham with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.

VISITATION will be on Friday, October 3rd  from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  at BRAHAM EVEANGELICAL CHURCH with a Prayer Service at  7:00 pm; plus one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

INTERMENT will be in Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.

Myrtle Evelyn (Swan) Telstad, age 95, died peacefully at her home, Elmhurst Common Apartments in Braham, MN on Thursday, September 25, 2014. 

Myrtle was born to Fred and Mary (Dahlin) Swan.  Myrtle delighted in her 5 siblings.  Their family had the ability to find and share the joys of everyday living; opening their home and their hearts to everyone they met.  Myrtle always felt so blessed to be ‘A Swan’.

Leonard “Lenny” Telstad and Myrtle were married on January 1, 1942.  They had 3 children, Kathy, John, and LeRoy.  Lenny and Myrtle worked to create a happy home that would, as she later wrote, “honor our children, our families, and our friends with Love and Happy Times.”  

Myrtle’s life was steeped in Faith.  Myrtle received an emergency baptism on April 16, 1920 when she became dangerously ill with whooping cough.  From that moment on, the Church remained an important part of Myrtle’s life.  She was confirmed on May 20, 1934.  Sunday School, Church, and her Church family brought Myrtle great joy.

Myrtle learned to value education when she was a young child.  Her dad, Fred, believed in education to the point he bought and drove a horse drawn school bus to get their 6 children and the neighbor children to and from school each day.  When Myrtle was 16 she was the Valedictorian of the Grasston High School Class of 1936.  She attended Teacher’s Training in Mora in 1936-1937.  Myrtle first taught 8 grades in a one room school at age 17.  When teaching requirements changed, Myrtle went back to college, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1972.

Myrtle taught at Webb School, Morse School, and Brunswick School until 1944 when she took off time to raise her children.  Myrtle returned to teaching in 1958 at the Coin School.  From 1962 to 1968 she taught at the Day School.  When the Day School closed in 1968, Myrtle developed and taught the special education program for Braham High School, and lobbied until the Braham special education students were awarded a high school diploma rather than a certificate of completion.  She was Braham’s Teacher of the Year in 1977 and again in 1979.  Myrtle retired from Braham High School in 1982.

Very gifted musically, Myrtle started singing in Church at age 5.  She became known throughout the area for her outstanding ability to sing in Swedish.  Between 1945 and 2004 Myrtle sang at over one hundred funerals, numerous weddings, and celebrations.  For many years Myrtle was the choir director and church organist at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston. 
Myrtle was so proud of her Swedish heritage.  She eagerly learned to read, write, and sing Swedish.  She taught Swedish to her homeroom students and everyone else who wanted to learn.  Myrtle used her Swedish training to translate Swedish letters and documents into English for friends, family, and community members.
 
Myrtle was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Mary (Dahlin) Swan, husband, Leonard, daughter, Kathy Conover, sisters, Ellen, Esther, and Edna, brothers, John and Roy, nephews, Allen Swan and Ron Lundeen. 

Myrtle is survived by sons, John and his wife Karen of Rush Lake, LeRoy and his wife Cindy of Winona, Son- in-law, Vincent Conover of Florida, four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.  She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. 

During her 95 years Myrtle only lived in 5 houses within 10 miles. Despite living in such a small area all her life Myrtle’s love, kindness, and faith touched lives all over the world. 
Her son, LeRoy, said it best, “I think in the minds of all she met they would give her a standing ovation for such a loving life.  I am sure the ovation continued in welcoming her to her new home.”

16 guestbook entries for MYRTLE E. TELSTAD

  1. Roger & Elva Anderson September 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    John, Karen & Leroy, So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She was a special part of our lives and will be forever missed. She is now with your Dad, who was a very special person to us also. They are both in God’s arms and happy. God be with you all.

  2. Rollin & Joanne Nelson September 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    A wonderful teacher and human being. God’s Peace!

  3. Paul Wrege September 26, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    I am sorry to learn of the loss of Myrtle. She was always an enthusiastic, ambitious and happy person to work with in school and church. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  4. Beverly Robinson September 27, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I am sorry to hear about Myrtle’s death. She was such a lovely lady.
    Beverly

  5. Tom & Diane Weiss September 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    We are so saddened by Myrtle’s passing. We had wonderful times when Myrtle was at our Mille Lacs Lake

    cabin for dinner, and later she spent a day with us in our home. We shared memories, photos and laughter.

    We enjoyed spending Myrtle’s 90th birthday with her, Diane took pictures of Myrtle, family and friends.

    Myrtle will be missed. We know she is with the angels.

    Our deepest sympathy to Myrtle’s family,

    With Love, Tom & Diane Weiss

  6. Duane Wahlstrom September 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Sorry to hear about Myrtle’s death. She taught all nine of us in Sunday School and was a wonderful person with a good, long life. Our sympathy.

  7. Duane Wahlstrom September 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Sorry to read of Myrtle’s death. What a great life she had and touched many lives in special way. She had all nine of us in Sunday School.

  8. Mike Steckelberg September 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Mrs. Telstad was a great teacher and spent several years teaching at the Day School. Brings back a lot of memories.

  9. Debbie & John Singh September 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    She was lovingly thought of in the Braham Community ~ and will be greatly missed.

  10. Jean Wahlstrom October 1, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Myrtle will be deeply missed. Kathy and I were good friends through High School. Generous, lively, ready to laugh, welcoming, strong Christian faith, extraordinary teacher, musical, and thoroughly Swedish!! She and my mother Lillian shared in many of life’s experiences at Elmhurst and at both Hope Grasston and Braham Lutheran churches. I considered her one of our extended family, always eager to greet us when we came home to visit. Now she’s been greeted by her Lord and Savior and welcomed home for the last time, especially getting caught up with all the Swan clan. My condolences to her extended family. May God comfort us all!

  11. Patricia (Ancheta)Cooper October 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    I will always remember Myrtle’s love of flowers when she would come to the former Aloha Minnesota Garden Center, in Braham. She loved her ‘red geraniums’ and would come year after year to get her favorite brand called, Tango! I had many conversations with Myrtle about her love of nature and flowers. She would have me decorate Leonard’s grave site every year with her favorite flowers. It was a honor to know her and will think of her fondly always.

  12. Marlyn Wahlstrom October 2, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Sorry to hear of Myrtles passing She was good sister in the Lord and family friend. She was a faithful at the Grasston church member and always supportive of us Wahlstroms. Thanks John for letting us know of her passing.

  13. Charlene (Wilkening) Douglas October 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    My condolences, John and LeRoy, on the passing of your wonderful mother. Both she and Lenny were such amazing, loving and faithful people that I feel honored to have known them. There were always such great times together with them, whether at their homes or at my own parent’s homes! I still have and treasure always the Golden Book that Myrtle gave me when I was a very young child, titled, “Dolls of Other Lands”. It is worn, but still very readable, from the many times I have looked at it. I plan to pass it on to my descendants to carry forward this treasured gift from a sweet lady. It was at the funeral of my own mother that I last saw Myrtle, when you, John, brought her to that memorial service in Mora. She was then, as always, a beautiful sight for me to see! May God’s peace be with you boys in knowing that she will has many, many gems in her heavenly crown!

  14. Karstein Telstad October 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Our warmest condolences from Norway, Surnadal, Telstad.

  15. Bob Steckelberg October 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    My sympathy to your family for the loss of such a wonderful lady. She was a wonderful and caring teacher. I had her as a teacher in day and would visit with her and work with some of the students when she was the special education teacher at the high school in Braham. It was also fun to talk about old times at the Day school. At the Day school I used to stay after school every day and clean the school room and chalk boards for her and sometimes set things up for the next day or special occasions like Halloween and stuff. I believe she used to pay me about 10 cents a day for this, which back then went a long way for a kid in the country.

  16. Brian and Mary Schultz October 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    John and Karen, so sorry for your loss. Glad to have known your mom.

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