AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
LaVella “Tula” J. Flesvig, of Brook Park, formerly of Lino Lakes, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. She was 90 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service, beginning at 9:00 am
PRIVATE INURNMENT will be in the Twitchell Cemetery in Lino Lakes, MN.
LaVella “Tula” Jarland Flesvig, of Brook Park, formerly of Lino Lakes, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. She was 90 years old.
LaVella was born on August 28, 1925 in Usk, Washington to parents Melvin and Ella (Goodell) Pederson. When LaVella was a young child, the family moved to Madison, Minnesota. LaVella later attended Forest Lake High School, graduating in 1945. She worked at Montgomery Wards and Twin Cities Arsenal in her young years. On April 12, 1947, LaVella was united in marriage to Thomas Earl Flesvig. They were blessed with five children. LaVella attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Marietta, GA; the Federal Protective Service Police Academy in Kansas City, MO; and the Federal Law Enforcement Academy in Glencoe, GA. She worked as a Federal Officer for many years at the St. Paul and Minneapolis Courthouses and later at Fort Snelling. LaVella also worked many special details and security for dignitaries as a Special US Marshal.
After the death of her husband Thomas in 1981, LaVella lived in the Forest Lake and Lino Lakes area until 1995 when she moved to Brook Park to be closer to her family. In 2000, she was reunited with a high school sweetheart, James Armstrong. In July of 2015, due to declining health, LaVella moved to Mora where she spent her final months at Eastwood Senior Living.
LaVella enjoyed making and teaching ceramics, owning her own ceramics shop for a while. She loved to sing and sang with the Forest Lake Sweet Adeline’s for many years as well as the Gethsemane Methodist Church choir and the Eastwood Senior choir. LaVella was also a wonderful cook and baker, remembered for her famous buns and goulash. Over the years, LaVella loved to travel and took countless driving trips. Her travel van even boasted the slogan, “On the road again, and again, and again”. LaVella was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be dearly missed.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Thomas Flesvig Sr.; companion James Armstrong, siblings, Rosella, Beverly, Ellen, Marcelle, Celeste, Jack, LeRoy, Durwood, and an infant brother.
She is survived by her children, Donald (Marianne) of Askov, Peter (Kristine) of Blaine, Nancy Richter, Thomas Jr, and Rosemary (Dan) Dunn all of Brook Park; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brothers, Melvin (Sharon) Ostwald of Pearland, TX and Dale (Mae) Jensen of Galeno, MO; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.