Arnita Tostrud, 71, Albert Lea

Published 9:18 am Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Arnita Tostrud, beloved by her family, died Jan. 15, 2012, at the age of 71. She was born in LaCrosse, Wis., on June 27, 1940, the daughter of Jasper and Beulah Tostrud.


She has resided in Albert Lea since 1970, primarily at Crest Services. She was employed for many years at Cedar Valley Services, where her work ethic and protection of her work station were legendary.

Arnita participated in Special Olympics, raised flowers and vegetables for the Freeborn County Fair and had a remarkable life. She loved bowling and singing in Christmas programs.

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Of special memory to her were the vacation trips to Branson, Disney World and most of all to Duluth. The family offers grateful thanks to the Crest staff and particularly to Nancy Olson for her loving care to Arnita over the years.

Arnita is survived by her mother, Beulah Yaney, of Bloomington; brothers: Jerry Tostrud (Alleen) of Naples, Fla., and Merlin Tostrud of Glendale, Calif. She is also survived by nephew, Eric (Laurie) Tostrud; niece, Karen (Chris) Hoffmann; and nephew, Jon (Amy) Tostrud, and their children. She is also survived by special aunt, Esther Hanson, of Albert Lea and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Arnita was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Crest Services will have a private service at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Home.