Ethel (Anderson) Lundblad, age 76 of Lowry, died surrounded by her family, Saturday, January 12, 2019 at home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th at the Lowry Community Covenant Church. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the CHURCH in Lowry and will also continue one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Ben Wade Covenant Cemetery in rural Lowry. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Ethel Elizabeth Johnson was born in Morris, MN on November 4, 1942, to Oscar and Thyra (Erickson) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at Ben Wade Covenant Church. Ethel attended country school in rural Kensington during elementary years and graduated from Kensington High School in 1960.
She moved to Minneapolis and worked at Northwestern National Life Insurance until returning home to marry E. Daniel Anderson on June 5, 1965. Daniel and Ethel raised two children, Mark and Cindy. They farmed the Johnson family farm southwest of Kensington until they moved to Hoffman in 1970.
A short time later, Ethel went to work at Arnquist Hardware (later Arnquist Home Center) in Hoffman. She continued there for 35 years, retiring in 2006. She enjoyed her bookkeeping duties and treasured the relationships made.
Ethel was a charter member of the Busy Swans Homemakers Club, which began in 1969 and has been the source of long-time friendships.
Ethel served in many capacities at Ben Wade Covenant Church (later Lowry Community Covenant Church), most notably as pianist and organist for over 50 years. Her talent was appreciated by many and will be missed.
Ethel had a green thumb and was especially known for her flower gardens. Daniel and Ethel kept an immaculate lawn and garden at their home in Hoffman, where they raised their family and resided until Daniel passed away in 2004.
Ethel married Glen Lundblad and moved to Lowry in 2005. She enjoyed the new friendships and continued sharing her gardens there. Together, she and Glen took several bus tours, road trips, and spent a portion of each winter as snowbirds in California. She also served on the Pope County Council on Aging.
Ethel had a passion for photography and enjoyed taking pictures of flowers and landscapes, and also friends and family – especially her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ethel’s health was a challenge in her final two years, yet she continually demonstrated her unwavering faith and blessed many with her love.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Daniel (2004).
She leaves a legacy of compassion and kindness and will be deeply missed by her family, including her husband, Glen; children, Mark (Kristi) Anderson and Cindy (Dave) Kurilla; grandchildren Matthew (Talia) Anderson, Michaela Anderson and Christopher Kurilla; great-grandchildren Runa and Noah Anderson; Glen’s children, Lori (Bruce) Larson, David (Carla) Lundblad, Sue Bergsrud and Mike (Terri) Lundblad and their families; brother, Victor Johnson; sister, Marian (Jim) Witthar; extended family and many friends.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Glacial Ridge Home Care and Hospice for their loving, compassionate care.