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Grace Arneson, 1922-2018

Funeral services for Grace H. Arneson of Albert Lea, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at East Freeborn Lutheran Church in rural Albert Lea. The Rev. Matthew Griggs will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in East Freeborn Cemetery.

Grace Arneson

Grace died Friday, April 13, 2018, at the St John’s Woodlands Community in Albert Lea.

Grace was born March 14, 1922, on the family farm, the daughter of Herbert and Ida (Hoverson) Thompson, and the seventh of 12 children. She attended the Bell Country School. On March 24, 1940, she was united in marriage to Alton H. Arneson at East Freeborn Lutheran Church.

Grace was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was very active in church activities including choir, quilting and the Altar Guild. Grace was a master seamstress and made many bridesmaid and prom dresses. She also enjoyed going to auctions, buying antiques and then selling them on the internet.

Grace is survived by her four daughters, Nancy Golde, Alice (Vern) Goette, Marilyn (Gregg) Polk and Darlene (Paul) Diemer; grandchildren Terri (Brett) Hammer, LeeAnn (Steve) O’Sell, Penny (Blaine) Hammer, Cheryl (Rollie) Johnson, Theresa (John) Larson, Bradley Goette, Amy (Randy) Rogers, Anthony (Lisa) Polk, Michael (Danna Nelson) Diemer and Cari Diemer. Great grandchildren include Tyler (Brittany) Hammer, Shelby Hammer, Nicole, Jacob and Mitchell O’Sell, Mason and Brock Hammer, Michelle and Melissa Larson, Ethan and Garret Johnson, Kady Johnson, Nicolas and Matthew Rogers, Madelaine, Molly and McKinley Polk and Grace Diemer; two great-great-grandchildren, Carson and Kate Hammer; brothers Earl (Beverly) Thompson, Paul (Mary) Thompson and David (Marlene) Thompson; one sister, Elaine Erickson; sister-in-law Dorothy Westland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1988; mother and father-in-law Harry and Alice (Jensen) Arneson; brothers Howard (Bernice) Thompson, Everett (Olive) Thompson, Wallace (Helen) Thompson and Palmer (Marjorie) Thompson; sisters Dorothy (Raymond) Jerdee, Carol (James) Bottelson and Harriet (Aleck) Broskoff; brothers-in-law Robert Erickson and LuVerne Westland; sisters-in-law Arlene (Alvin) Jensen, Carol (Earl) Westland, Marion (Robert) Frydenlund; son-in-law, Donald Golde; grandson, Brian Goette; granddaughter-in-law Lindsey (Loehr) Diemer; and many nieces and nephews.