Edna Alma Guenther, 94, of Staples, formerly of Dickinson, ND passed away June 29, 2017 at Lakewood Health Systems, Staples surrounded by her children
Services were held July 3 at St. John Lutheran Church in Dickinson with the Reverend Lisa Lewton officiating.
Burial was at the Dickinson Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, ND.
Edna was born on her parent’s farm in Willa, ND, to Edward and Luisa (Luithle) Klein. She attended Mott High School graduating in 1942. She taught with an emergency teaching certificate in rural schools in the area after high school.
Edna married Arvin L. Guenther on October 13, 1946 at the Newburg Congregational Church, Burt, ND. They farmed until 1959 when they moved to Dickinson, ND. Edna received her degree in elementary education while her husband worked as a district manager for a farm seed company. She continued teaching in the communities of New Hradec, Sheffield, Gladstone and South Heart. Edna retired in May of 1980.
In retirement, Edna and her husband enjoyed their time with children, grandchildren, family and friends with camping and fishing, gardening and canning, dancing and entertaining. She cooked, baked, sewed quilts and enjoyed creative activities. She taught her children and grandchildren to make her favorites recipes for kuchen, borscht, and cheese buttons.
Edna was a volunteer for the School Volunteer Reading Program, St. Luke’s Nursing Home and St. John’s Lutheran Church. She moved to Staples in 2009
She is survived by one son, Reland Jaye Guenther, Lakewood, CO; two daughters, Rynell (Dale) Schock, Staples, MN and Rachel (Ken) Brew, Billings, MT; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; eight brothers and three sisters.