Elaine Charlotte Samuelson, 82, a lifelong resident of the Cannon Falls, died Thursday afternoon, September 27, 2012 at the Seminary Home in Red Wing, where she has been a resident the past 12 years.
Elaine was born at home in Leon Township on December 21, 1929 to Victor M. Swanson and Frances (Edstrom) Swanson. She graduated from Cannon Falls High School and attended the MN School of Business.
Elaine married Vernald R. Samuelson on September 7, 1951 at Spring Garden Lutheran Church, where she had been baptized and confirmed. Following their marriage, they made their home in Vasa Township. She was a longtime member of Vasa Lutheran Church.
Elaine loved spending time with her family and visiting with friends. She enjoyed reading, music and crafts, including broomstick crocheting. She loved animals and enjoyed the Seminary Home activities, especially BINGO.
Elaine is survived by her son, Rick Samuelson of rural Cannon Falls; daughters, Kristal (Robert) Swanson of rural Cannon Falls and Kathryn (Lowell) Peterson of Farmington; seven grandchildren, Cora (Harold) Jones of Denver, CO, Lindsay (Mike) Collins of Kenyon, Laura Swanson of Cannon Falls, Britta (Mike) Pahl of Apple Valley, Katrina Peterson, Mikkel Peterson and Samuel Peterson, all of Farmington; sister-in-law, Lyla Swanson of Cannon Falls; and many other extended family, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernald, on January 27, 2011; parents, Victor and Frances Swanson; brother, Virgil Swanson; and sister, Adele Albrecht.
Funeral service was Sunday, September 30 at Vasa Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kristi Mitchell officiating. Interment followed at Vasa Lutheran Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Mikkel and Samuel Peterson, Mike Collins, Mike Pahl, Robert Swanson and Lowell Peterson. Honorary pallbearers were Harold and Cora Jones, Lindsay Collins, Laura Swanson, Britta Pahl and Katrina Peterson.
Memorials are preferred to Vasa Lutheran Church or Arthritis Foundation.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls.