Funeral services for Adeline Johnsrud, of Starbuck, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020, on the grounds of St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck with the Rev. Paul Johnson officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service on the grounds of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Adeline Clarice Lundebrek was the oldest of 17 children born to Adolph and Clara (Gulbrandson) Lundebrek. She was born on Oct. 28, 1930, in St. Paul. Adeline was raised on a farm in Langhei Township, Pope County. She was baptized at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church in rural Benson and confirmed at Our Savior’s Church in Benson. She received her education at District 65 Country School until the eighth grade and then Benson High School until the 11th grade. Adeline made the decision not to finish high school, but to stay home and help her mother care for her younger siblings. In 1950, Adeline met John “Jackie” Johnsrud at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. The two were married on Sept. 29, 1951, at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church in rural Benson. Following their marriage, they made their home on the farm in White Bear Lake Township where they started and raised their family. To this union, six children were born. They remained on the farm until moving into Starbuck. Following Jackie’s death, Adeline became a resident at Minnewaska Lutheran Home where she lived until her death.
Adeline was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and then Fron Lutheran Church. She was active in the ladies’ aide at both churches and taught Sunday school at St. John’s. She was also a member of the MLH Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing (making much of her children’s clothes), gardening, baking (especially her famous sugar cookies), keeping a neat, clean and tidy house and attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Most importantly, Adeline’s life always involved caring for others, evident as a young teen and continuing until the day she died. She always made sure that everyone was safe and well fed. She loved taking care of her family, who, in later years, she lovingly referred to as “her people.”
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