Christel Enstad, age 93, of Olivia went home to the Lord on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the Renvilla Nursing Home. Funeral service will be Friday, September 7th at 11:00am at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia with Pastor Matt Hausken Officiating. Visitation is at the church from 9:30-11:00 a.m. before the service. Burial is in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Renville County Hospice. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Christel Minnie Martha Enstad was born January 14, 1925 to Frederick and Estella (Koltz) Toltzman on the family farm in Bird Island Township, rural Olivia. She was baptized on February 1, 1925 and confirmed on March 17, 1940. She attended country school and graduated from Morton High School. Christel married Gordon Johnson on October 10th, 1943 in Morton. They were blessed with one son Bernard and moved several times before settling in Madelia. Christel worked several places throughout her stay in Madelia including the nursing home. Gordon passed away on March 26th, 1965.
On September 20th, 1969 she married Emil Seiner. They lived in Madelia and later moved to Olivia to be close to family. While in Olivia she worked for many years as a dietary cook for Renville County Hospital. Emil passed away on November 23, 1981. She continued to live in Olivia until she married Raymond Enstad on October 19, 1991 with this marriage she moved to San Antonio, Texas, and following his death on October 1, 1997, she moved back to Olivia.
Christel was an accomplished and creative seamstress and crafter. She belonged to the Quilters Along the Yellowstone Trail for many years and enjoyed her time with them. Christel also loved spending time with her granddaughters and great-grandchildren whether it was playing board games or cards, visiting or even getting a treat at the Dairy Queen.
Christel is survived by her son Bernard (Faye) Johnson of Olivia;her granddaughter’s Tracey Johnson (Dale Prokosch) of Bird Island, Lynn (Dan) Plass of Bird Island, and Ivy (Cory) Aasen of Grandin, ND; her great grandchildren Broderick, Keely and London Prokosch, Paige, Cordell and Brody Plass, Faith, Jocelyn and Lillian Aasen. She is survived by her siblings Alfred (Ellen) Toltzman, Aaron Toltzman, Reuben (Deloris) Toltzman, Frederick Toltzman, and sister- in-laws Maxine Toltzman and Sharon Toltzman. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her sisters Deloris Toltzman, Kathleen Issacson and her brothers MarcusToltzman, Waldemar Toltzman, and Willard Toltzman along with sister–in-laws Sharon Toltzman, Patricia Toltzman, Katherine Toltzman and brother-in-law Delmar Isaacson.
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