AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Friday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Rev. Bob DeYoung will officiate.
VISITATION will be on Thursday, April 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home; plus one hour prior to the funeral on Friday.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Lillian Pearl Carda, of Mora, Minnesota, died on April 28, 2015. She was 90 years old.
She was born on January 21, 1925 in Howard Lake, MN, to Lammert and Roelfien Vogel. She was the youngest of 7 sisters and 2 brothers. Lillian attended school at Riverside School, District 37, in Ann Lake, Minnesota from 1931 to 1939. On November 24, 1943, she married her sweetheart, Joseph Abraham Carda. The two of them worked their dairy farm. Lillian and Joe had 3 children, Richard, Warren, and Roxanne. In 1965, Lillian started working for Fingerhut in Princeton. She moved with the company to Mora and continued working there for 10 ½ years. In 1969, Lillian and Joe sold their farm and moved their family to the city of Mora.
Lillian’s father once told her that she was named after 3 beautiful things: Lillian – a beautiful flower; Pearl – a beautiful gem; Vogel – the Dutch word for “bird.” Our ma, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, dear friend; wore her name well. She was also an independent woman, strong in body and nature. Some may even use the word ‘stubborn’ to describe her. Once she set her jaw and pursed her lips, the argument was over and the answer was ‘no’; which was only slightly better than the frowning, sputter ‘pshhh’ which meant, “I have no intention of even talking to you about it.”
We admired her independence and determination. After becoming a widow in 1980, Lillian effortlessly stepped into the role of fixer, builder, and home maintainer. It was not unusual to see her stooped beside one of her sons deeply involved in some assembly, building, or repair project; or to see her on top of the roof as a partner in a re-shingling project. Few of us could recognize that the lawnmower didn’t want to start and was kinda sluggish because the carburetor was dirty. Fewer yet would proceed to remove the carburetor, clean it, and successfully return it to its designated spot in the engine of the lawnmower and then tell Roxanne, “Now you can mow the lawn.” Lillian likely learned such tricks from working beside Joe on the farm. She actually wore out her first wedding band bullying the steering wheel of the tractor as she and the tractor bounced across the fields.
Under that time and work-toughened exterior was a huge, tender heart – a heart that drew her to dedicate 1/3 of her life to caring for children. In 1977, Lillian and Roxanne opened a home day care for children. Carda Daycare was in the business of teaching children to walk, talk, feed themselves, and use the big potty for nearly 30 years. The two of them retired from childcare, but Lillian still found great joy in her 5 grandchildren and later, her 9 great- grandchildren. In her spare time, Lillian loved to knit and build wooden toys and lawn ornaments. After a time, arthritis in her hands forced her to put away her knitting needles and paintbrushes.
In 2013 Lillian sold her home and moved into an apartment in Woodcrest Manor where she renewed old acquaintances and made new friends. She enjoyed weekly Bunco games, periodic pot-luck meals and treats, and friendly greetings from her neighbors.
This lady will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. When you see a bed of blooming lilies, a beautiful string of pearls, or hear birds singing, remember Lillian.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; 6 sisters, Gertrude, Tena, Anna, Hilda, Rena, and Elizabeth; 2 brothers, Renze and Rudolph; and grandson, Adam.
She is survived by her children, Richard (Sue), Warren (Judy), and Roxanne; grandchildren, Brian, Chad, Alan, Anne, and great-grandchildren, Carolyn, Simon, Kathryn, Victoria, Hazel, Eleanor, Aleks, George, and Agnes; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 1st at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Rev. Bob DeYoung officiated. Pallbearers were Phil Johnson, Troy Saunders, Brian Carda, Chad Carda, Alan Carda and Simon Carda. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Arrangements were by Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.