Lucile Lunning, 1930-2015

Published 10:25 am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Funeral Services for Lucile J. “Tootie” Lunning will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. Wendy Anderson will officiate.

Interment will be at Salem Memorial  Cemetery in Lake Mills. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea.

Lucile died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. She was 84.

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Tootie was born March 16, 1930, in  Lake Mills, the daughter of John and Clara (Jacobson) Bergstad. She grew up on a farm in Vinje, Iowa, and attended high school in Lake Mills.

She married Wallace E. Lunning July 18, 1953, in Albert Lea and was a devoted wife over her and Wally’s 50 years of marriage.

Tootie had a servant’s heart. In caring for her father, John, her father-in-law, Buell, and providing a home for her brothers Martin and Eddie, she shared her heart through serving.

Tootie had a warrior’s heart. Over the years she fought through many challenges — physical and emotional — with a warrior’s courage.

Tootie had a fun-loving heart. Nothing brought her greater joy than visiting cousins over the Fourth of July holiday in McHenry, North Dakota, hosting family parties in her home with pool and shuffleboard tournaments in the basement, and hosting family fishing expeditions at the cabin on Battle Lake.

Tootie had a believer’s heart. She was a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. She was also a member of Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake, active in Ladies’ Aid and was a sponsor for Luther League.

Lucile Lunning

Lucile Lunning

Tootie had a mother’s heart. Her deep faith was matched only by her deep devotion to her family. Whether she spoiled her son, Steven, or doted on her grandchildren Philip, Julia and Andrew, she loved without reservation or condition.

Tootie is survived by her son, Steven, and his wife, Lynn, of San Antonio, Texas; her grandchildren Philip, Julia (and Robert and great-grandson, Henry) Hoover, and Andrew; sister, Laura Seifert, of Elgin, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace; three sisters, Hazel (and James) O’Rourke, Ode (and Clifford) Hamson and Cora (and Leonard) Teigen; brother-in-law, Dale Seifert; five brothers, Benny, Joseph, Eddie, Carl and Martin Bergstad; two nieces, Beverly Sprecher and Elaine Baer; and two nephews, Larry Hamson and Carl David Bergstad.

Lucile’s family would like to offer a special word of thanks to the staff at Oak Park Place. The loving care they provided warmed Tootie’s heart and always helped her feel at home. Thank you!