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Ione Lundell, age 92, of Cannon Falls, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at Cannon Rivers Senior Living.
Ione Elaine Lundell was born at home, in Holden Township, on October 17, 1928, the daughter of Helmer and Gladys (Flom) Berquam. She grew up in the Sogn Valley area and attended the District #54 country school, graduating from Kenyon High School.
On June 14, 1947, Ione was united in marriage to Wayne Lundell at Urland Lutheran Church. They made their home on a small farm outside of Cannon Falls, where Ione was a homemaker. Her passion was a large garden and lots of flowers. Canning enough tomatoes to get through the winter was a labor of love for her. In addition to her work on the farm, Ione was also employed as a nursing assistant and activities director at the Cannon Nursing Home for a number of years. After 40 years on the farm, Ione yearned for big city life, so she moved to a townhouse in Cannon Falls. Meeting many new friends, she ended up in a card group, playing five days a week. She also enjoyed Saturday morning coffee with her kids, and cooking her famous goulash hotdish. She could be found every evening at 6:30 in front of the TV in her recliner watching ‘The Wheel’, and loved playing along on the show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. Ione has been a member of St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church for over 70 years, where she enjoyed being a member of the Bell Ringers. Ione also enjoyed china painting, bowling, bingo, needlepoint, and entering exhibits at the fair.
Survivors include her seven children Ilene (Rick) Fox, Susan Iverson, Rodney Lundell, Debra (Jarle) Norstad, Mark Lundell, Colleen Scott, and Dawn Friedrich; grandchildren Robin, Jesse, Ben, Dylan, Tony, Tara, Nicole, Matthew, Lindsay, Derek, Brent, Courtney, Jennifer, and Dustin; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings Gerhard (Marion) Berquam, Donald (Glenna) Berquam, Gloria Peter, and Lois Burdick; brothers-in-law Dale Lundell, Floyd Budensiek, and Curt Duden; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne, sons-in-law Craig Scott and Scott Friedrich; sister Helen Berquam; and brother Harland Berquam.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 Hwy 19 Blvd, Cannon Falls, MN 55009. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Masks and social distancing will be required. Interment will be in the Cannon Falls Cemetery. Lundberg Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorial are preferred to St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church.