Drusilla Pedersen

Obituary of Drusilla Pedersen

Drusilla Marie Pedersen, age 93, of Renville, formerly of Granite Falls and Marshall, MN died on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Renville Nursing Home in Renville.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Renville.  The Rev. Jane Crawford will officiate.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Granite Falls.  Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service at the church in Renville.  Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Home, Renville, MN.

Drusilla Marie Pedersen was born on April 26, 1926, in rural Amiret, Minnesota to John Edwin “Ed” and Lila (Madden) Bedow.  She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco, Minnesota.  She made a commitment to the Lord in her youth.  She attended Arco schools and later graduated from Ivanhoe High School in 1944.  After attending 6 weeks of teacher training, in Madison, SD, she taught one year of country school near Elkton, SD.  She was united in marriage to Robert Pedersen on July 2, 1945, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco.  After their marriage, with Robert serving in the military, they lived in Texas and she worked at the USO and a meat market.  After Robert’s discharge from the service, they returned to Minnesota and farmed by Verdi and by Tyler.  In 1948, they moved four miles west of Granite Falls at the old junction of Highways 23 and 67, where they operated Pedersen’s Trading Post for 26 years.  Drusilla helped run the gas station and raised their children, later worked at the Ben Franklin in Montevideo for about 5 years. Robert passed away in 1975. In 1979, the State of MN bought their home and business in order to make the junction safer.  Drusilla, and her daughter Sandy, relocated to Marshall, where she had a house built including a lower level apartment to help with her income.  Drusilla worked at JC Penney, Bromen Office Supply, and 15 years at Southwest State University as an evening cashier/short order cook at the snack bar.  She retired at the age of 69.  While living in Marshall, she was a regular at the Marshall Senior Center and YMCA, where she made many friends.  She was involved with Meals on Wheels, serving at the church nursery, and Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW, Widows and Widowers Group, and helping people with taxes. She enjoyed traveling and going on many trips over the years.    In 2013, she moved to Boulder Estate and lived there a few months prior to moving to RenVilla due to health reasons.  For the last five years, she was cared for by the loving staff at RenVilla and her daughters as she suffered from arthritis and dementia.  She was member of Granite Falls Lutheran Church, Marshall Evangelical Free Church, and an associate member of First Lutheran Church in Renville. 

She is survived by her daughters: Pat (Roger) Olson of Newton, KS, Linda (Tim) Lindgren of South Shore, SD, Vicky (Jeff) Bratsch of Renville, and Sandra Slinger of Apple Valley; her nine grandchildren: Shari Flakus, Randy Olson, Katherine Bach, Gregory Pace, Jason Bratsch, Kevin Bratsch, Molly Williams, Cassie Slinger, and Alice Slinger; her 15 great grandchildren: Ryan, Malea, Aspen, Matt, Ava, Ethan, Kaia, Kien, Nora, Colton, Mackton, Abigail, Nolan, Wesley, and Grace. She is also survived by her siblings: Ronnie (Jeanette) Bedow of Marshall, MN, Reva Rode of Marshall, Betty Hulsebus of Detroit Lakes, Loretta Brand of Lakeville, MN, Shirley (John) Kor of Forest Lake, and Dennis (Carol Diane) Bedow of Brookings, SD; and her sister-in-law Avis Bedow of Marshall; many cousins and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, her son Jimmy, infant granddaughter Amy Bratsch, granddaughter Lisa Bratsch, infant great grandson Emett Williams, an infant sister Anita, her brothers: Loren, Roger, and Virgil; her son-in-law Del Slinger, and brothers-in-law Melvin “Bud” Rode, Wallace Hulsebus, and Joe Brand, and her sister-in-law Janet Bedow.

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