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  • Elida Hunstad

  • Elida Hunstad, age 102, of St. James, died on Monday, July 21, 2014, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.
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  • Elida Hunstad, age 102, of St. James, died on Monday, July 21, 2014, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James. Funeral services will be 2pm, Friday, July 25, 2014, at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Carla Reierson officiating. Burial will be at St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery in rural Odin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7pm at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and continue at the church one hour before services Friday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
    Elida Alma Thorson was born October 8, 1911, on the family farm in rural Odin, the daughter of Anton and Clara (Kolden) Thorson. She was a life long member of St. Olaf Church where she was baptized and confirmed. She attended rural school at District 93 in Martin County. She attended Odin High School for a short time before going to work as a cleaning lady at the Boston Hotel in St. James. She worked for family in Fairmont for a time. On November 29, 1930, she was united in marriage to Purdy Hunstad at the parsonage in Madelia. The couple made their home on several different farms before moving the their own place where they had their son Arlo. Elida was a farm wife, she worked with Purdy on the farm for the next 38 years. The couple retired in 1969. The moved to St. James in 1970, she worked at the Rustic Inn as a waitress and cook. After the Rustic Inn closed she went to work at the Boston as a waitress for a couple years. Purdy has health issues so Elida stayed home with him. In 1997, Purdy passed away. Elida sold the home and moved into an apartment and to Praire View for 3 years and then to Brandt Ridge until she fell and broke her hip and ended up at Pleasant View. Elida was active in church activities, serving as a Sunday School teacher, ladies aide and help with various office positions. She enjoyed getting together with a group of ladies from St. Olaf monthly for coffee and celebrate birthdays.
    Elida is survived by her son, Arlo (Marilyn) Hunstad of St. James; granddaughters, Debra (Kenneth) Lindberg of Lafayette, Angela (Dennis) Mott of St. Peter; niece, Orra (Bill) Eckman of Fairmont; nephew, Milo (Lucy) Thorson of Butterfield; great-grandchildren, Simon, Tasha, Ashlee Lindberg and Emmalie Mott.
    She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Hazel Thorson, Eddie and Adeline Hunstad; sisters-in-law, Mabel and Caspa Nordby, Thea and Arnold Carlson and Helen and Joel Lynn.
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