Our beloved mother, Melvina B. Fjerstad, 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Kasson Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. She was the oldest of eight children born to Alvin and Cora (Stevens) Jorgenson in Rock Dell.
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Melvina "Mina" was born Sept. 25, 1923, went to school in Rock Dell, and married Burton W. Fjerstad, Sr., on Sept. 30, 1941. They lived in Kasson after her husband returned from World War II where he was owner/operator of Burt's Standard Station in Kasson. Her husband passed away on Aug. 26, 1988. She worked outside the home at various jobs, did daycare in her home, was the bookkeeper for her husband's businesses, but mainly raised their six children at home.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Kasson and in previous years taught Sunday school and VBS, member of Bethel Circle, and participated in many church functions. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.
Melvina is survived by her six children, one son, Burton Fjerstad, Jr., (Enner) of Kasson; five daughters, Sharon (Tink) Larson of Waseca, Ardis Grovdahl of Kasson, Donna (Denny) Head of Kasson, Eileen (Mike) O'Connor of Brownsdale and Lavonne (Michael) Berge of Kasson; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by siblings, Carol Briggs of Oronoco, Junior (Donna) Jorgenson of Hayfield, Elmer Jorgenson of Rock Dell and Norman (Sharon) Jorgenson of South St. Paul; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Jorgenson of Rochester, Marianne Stoeckinger of Mishawaka, Ind., and Doris Lybeck of Rochester; as well as her late husband's sister-in-law, Shirley Fjerstad of Kasson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sister, Lucille Fjerstad, brothers, Arnold Jorgenson and Palmer Jorgenson; son-in-law, Herb Grovdahl, two granddaughters, Lisa Lynn and Dana Lynn and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Melvina's funeral will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave. N.W. in Kasson, on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Randy Fett officiating.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., also at St. John's Church and one hour before the service on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for distribution or to St. John's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St. in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at dibblefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Nov. 6, 2013