February 5, 2014


Erna Lund, 93, of Coon Rapids, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids with the Rev. Bill Bernau officiating.

Music will be by Brian, Kristie and Sena Cummings, vocalists, and Lula Garnes, accompanist.

Casket bearers will be John Grettenberg, Larry Jensen, Charlie Nixon, Doug Pevestorf, Jack Tuel and Steve Venteicher.

Burial will be at Union Township Cemetery, near Coon Rapids.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at the church.

Ohde Funeral Home (ohdefuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.

Erna Louise, daughter of Chris and Sena (Moller) Lund, was born Oct. 6, 1920, north of Manning, Iowa. She was baptized Sept. 10, 1922. The family lived on various farms in the Manning area and at the age of 5, Erna attended country school for one year. Because of her father's illness, the family moved to a small acreage at Aspinwall where Erna attended school until Oct. 6, 1929, when the family moved to Coon Rapids and she attended the fourth grade.

Erna was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church near Coon Rapids in 1934 and graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1938. After taking Normal Training in high school, she began her long teaching career at the Kretzinger country school two miles north of Coon Rapids and then at the Star (Union #1) School from 1938 to 1946. Erna received her bachelor of science degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines. She subsequently taught third grade in Bayard for 11 years. During this time in 1950, Erna and her mother purchased Erna's present home at 219 Park St. in Coon Rapids. From 1957 until her retirement in 1985, she taught third grade at Coon Rapids Community School. She taught school for a total of 47 years. Erna was a Life Member of the National Education Association and Iowa State Education Association, as well as a past member of the Coon Rapids Local Association.

Erna has been a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids for many years and the WELCA Ladies Organization, CU T.T.T., O.M.C. Club of Coon Rapids and was a senior citizen volunteer.

Erna is survived by a niece Kristie Cummings and husband Brian of Columbus Junction, Iowa; a nephew Kent Johnson and wife Sue of Wapello, Iowa; four great-nieces: Alissa Villhauer and husband Nathan of Hills; Sena Cummings of Columbus Junction, Iowa; Andrea and husband Eric Riley of Davenport and Karra and husband Jarrod Diedrich of DeWitt, Iowa; a sister-in-law Anna Lund of Coon Rapids, Iowa; other relatives in Denmark and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Elmer Lund and a sister Edith and her husband Harold Johnson.