Pauline E. Leidahl

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pauline E. Leidahl, age 89, of Sioux Rapids, died July 31, 2011 at her home in Sioux Rapids.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial was in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

Pauline Eunice Fast, the daughter of Dewey and Bessie (Renner) Fast, was born on Jan. 11, 1922, in Buckeye. She received her education at Sioux Rapids and was a graduate of Sioux Rapids High School.

On July 1, 1940, Pauline was united in marriage to Richard Leidahl at Sioux Rapids. Together, this couple has been blessed with six children. Richard and Pauline's married lifetime was spent farming in the Sioux Rapids vicinity. They purchased their current farm in 1953 and made that their home since 1954. Pauline worked alongside Richard on the farm and was very involved in the farming operation along with being a loving and devoted homemaker, wife, and mother.

Pauline will be remembered as an avid reader and was a dedicated supporter of the Sioux Rapids library. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening. She made a beautiful quilt as a high school graduation gift for each of her grandchildren. Pauline and Richard loved to dance, from their dating days until beyond their 50th anniversary. She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Sioux Rapids. All who knew Pauline will remember her as a woman of deep and abiding faith. Pauline left a wonderful legacy to her family as she encouraged them to be inquisitive and to continue to learn no matter how old they were. Pauline will always be loved, honored and cherished by her family.

Survivors include children Janet Tryon of Ogden; Lorraine (Robert) Rippe of Eden Prairie, Minn.; Marilyn (Ray) Sealing of Camp Verde, Ariz.; Roy (Janel) Leidahl of Monroe Center, Ill.; Glenda (Paul) Hawkins of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and Todd (Diana) Leidahl of Plymouth, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Marian Wardlow of Green Valley, Ariz.; other family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard in November, 2000; two brothers: Clarence and Homer; son-in-law Larry Tryon.

Memorials may be given in Pauline's memory to be used at the discretion of her family.