Mina Svenningsen, 100, Albert Lea

Published 9:06 am Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mina M. Svenningsen, 100, of Albert Lea, formerly of Wells, died Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Kathy Fullarton will officiate and burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Wells. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mina Svenningsen

Mina Svenningsen was born Feb. 6, 1910, in Wells, the daughter of Fred E. and Rose (Kruger) Brandt. She was a graduate of Wells Schools and Teacher’s Training. On Sept. 6, 1934, she married Chris T. Svenningsen at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wells. They lived in Mankato for many years before moving to Wells upon Mr. Svenningsen’s retirement.

Mina taught in rural schools near Wells for several years. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, was a member of the choir, was secretary of her church circle for several years and also served as the pianist. Mina helped at Lend-A-Hand Days in church for several years. She spent time working as a Pink Lady Volunteer at the Wells Hospital. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, National Association of Retired Federal Employees Auxiliary and Senior Citizens serving as a board member. Mina enjoyed reading, knitting and traveling — she visited 49 states, Canada and Mexico.

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Mina is survived by a cousin, Ruthann and Normen Wegner of Winnebago; a niece and nephew, Ginner and Mervil Boettcher of Alden; godchildren: Kim (Julie) Svenningsen of Prior Lake and Kathy (Gene) Stern of Owatonna; sister-in-law, Betty Svenningsen of St. Paul; and many other nieces, nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chris, on March 1, 2007; brother, Martin H. Brandt and his wife Katy; nephew, Max Brandt; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.