Melvin Bronstad, 1927-2017

Published 1:00 am Friday, June 2, 2017

Melvin Bronstad, 89, of Spring Valley died Monday, May 29, 2017, at Ostrander Care and Rehab in Ostrander. Funeral services for Melvin Bronstad will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Glenville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander.

Melvin Bronstad

Melvin I. Bronstad was born Sept. 29, 1927, on a farm near Chetek, Wisconsin, the son of Ingval and Julie Bronstad. Melvin was baptized in 2005 at Ostrander. He went to school until the eighth grade. Melvin went into the United States Army from 1942 to 1944. On July 21, 1950, Melvin married Lucille Hanson at First Baptist Church in Albert Lea. He farmed most of his life. In 1978 Melvin quit milking and began to do something he loved, which was music. He started his own Polka Band Mel’s Polka Stars.

During this time he continued cash crop farming for a number of years. Melvin enjoyed dancing, playing old- time music, fishing, traveling, telling jokes and making casino trips.

He is survived by his brothers Loren Bronstad of Waseca, Andy (Donna) Bronstad of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; and several nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucille; his siblings Margaret Hoover, Carl Bronstad and Raymond (Artie) Bronstad; mother and father-in-law Mary and Chris Hanson and brother-in-law Donald Hanson.