Edna Jorstad, 92, of New England, N.D. passed away Nov. 27, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson.
Funeral service for Edna was held Dec. 1, 2012, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, New England with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. Burial followed in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Regent, N.D.
Edna Brandner was born Dec. 13, 1919 in rural Hettinger County, N.D. the daughter of John and Katie (Stradinger) Brandner. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. After school, Edna continued to help her parents on the farm.
Edna and Roy Jorstad were united in marriage March 24, 1945. Together, the couple purchased the Jorstad family farm and eventually the Brandner farm. It was here, in the rural Regent/New England area, where they made their living and raised their family of five children. In 1975, the couple retired to New England.
Edna truly loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a very strong individual and a great inspiration to her entire family and many others. Edna enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and working in her garden. A vase of fresh cut flowers was always found on her table. She was a very skilled cook, and enjoyed reading cookbooks, but rarely used one. Cookies were Edna’s specialty and her grandchildren’s favorite treat. She could often be heard humming and loved to sing hymns. Later in life, Edna enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles.
The baseball games and old country western music could always be heard on her radio along with Church and spiritual hymns on Sunday.
Edna was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, the Ladies Auxiliary and Cemetery Board. She later became a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in New England.
Edna is survived by her sons, Ray Jorstad of Gurdon, Ariz. and Marvin (Bernadine) Jorstad of Regent, N.D.; daughters, Annetta Jesch of Dickinson, N.D.; LaVon (Arlin) Reindel of New England, N.D. and Arlys (Allen) Schmidt of New England, N.D.; grandchildren, Cheryl (Kevin) Danner, Diana (Mike) Nichols, Gina (Stan) Klein, Lori Madler, Kristin (Roan) Mestan, Tammi (Tom) Trzynka, Tiffanni (Scott) Wax, Terra (Travis) Jesch, Craig (Jolene) Reindel, Kim (Scott) Hoppe, Scott (Christa) Schmidt, Jodi (Tony) Olsonawski; 27 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Adeline Bender of New England, N.D. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Katie Brandner; her husband, Roy Jorstad; and sisters, Ida, Freda, Lydia and Lila; and her grandsons Michael and Paul.
Stevenson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.