Clela Braastad, 86

Clela BraastadClela Braastad, 86

Long Prairie, MN

Nov. 26, 1925 – Nov. 29, 2011

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m.  Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 610 2nd Ave SE, Long Prairie for Clela Braastad, age 86 of Long Prairie who passed away Tuesday November 29, 2011 at her residence in Round Prairie Township.  The Rev. Paul Biegner will officiate and burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Long Prairie.  Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Arrangements are entrusted with Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.

Clela May Graves was born November 26, 1925 in Austin, MN to Charles and Mary (Gallagher) Graves.  She was united in marriage to Gordon Braastad at Northwood Iowa on October 31, 1941. In 1942 the couple moved to St. Francis in Anoka County where they owned and operated Gordy’s Country Store until 1997 when the store was sold.  They owned Sirens Now & Then until 2007.  She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in St. Francis.  She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, bird watching and visiting with friends & family. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie.

Clela is survived by her two sons Gerald (Cheryl) Braastad of Long Prairie, MN,  and Steven (Iva) Braastad of Nowthen, MN; sister Donna Mullenbach of Adams, MN; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gordy; parents Charles & Mary Graves; 5 brothers; and 7 sisters.

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