Thelma Edin

Thelma Ann Edin, 86, of Cushing and formerly of Staples passed away November 20, 2020 under the loving and gentle care of A Daughter’s Love Care Home and St. Croix Hospice.

A Celebration of Life memorial was held Nov. 28 at the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church in Lincoln  with Pastor Donald Reigstad officiating and Pastor Dan Crocker singing.

Thelma was born June 26, 1934, in Wadena to Louis and Ella Odland. She graduated from Wadena High School and earned a degree from Ancker Hospital School in St. Paul as a Registered Nurse. Thelma married Kenneth James Edin on May 12, 1956, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. They worked for a year in the Twin Cities before moving to the farm in Thomastown Township. Thelma worked many years at the Staples hospital which became Lakewood Health System and several years at the Bertha Hospital.   She especially liked delivering babies and seemed to be able to remember every baby she helped deliver.  

Thelma was very good at cooking, canning and sewing more out of necessity than pleasure. Saturday became doughnut and cinnamon roll day at Grandma’s house and few grandchildren ever missed it. She took up decorating cakes and used her talents to decorate cookies as well. She made goodie baskets for widowed people and Ken delivered them all over. She enjoyed Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) where she led several Bible studies and helped with events at church. Her true joy was her grandchildren and later great-grandchildren. She knew each one and had a way to make them feel special. Thelma’s ability to calm little ones was a special talent.

Thelma is survived by four sons, Michael (Bonny) of Angle Inlet, Marcus (Kim) of Staples, Randal (Sheila) of Staples, Thomas (Tina) of Staples; three daughters, Michele (Maurice) Zwack of Casselton, ND, Renee (Dan) Harding of Kilgore, TX and Jan Fitzer of Excelsior; 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; parents; one son, Ronald Douglas; sister and brother-in-law, Rachel (Al) Hamm; one brother Nels and four grandchildren.  

Arrangements by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena ( 

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