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Evelyn Toft, 1927-2020

Private services for Evelyn “Evie” M. Toft, of Ellendale, will be at First Lutheran Church in Ellendale. The Rev. Richard Sliper will officiate. Interment will be in First Lutheran Cemetery.

Evelyn Toft

Evelyn died Monday, March 16, 2020, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea.

Evelyn was born April 25, 1927, in Wadena, the daughter of Bernard and Bertha (Martin) Hoffman. She attended country school through the eighth grade. She then became a nanny/housekeeper for a Wadena attorney, moving into town so she could continue her education, graduating from Wadena High School. She later moved to southern Minnesota, where she lived at the Women’s Club in Albert Lea.

Evie met her soulmate, Kenneth Toft, in September 1950 and one month later, on Oct. 7, 1950, there were married in Albert Lea. They shared 63 beautiful years together, many of them on a farm in rural Ellendale, before Kenneth died in 2013.

Evie enjoyed being a farm wife, raising her two boys, working in the yard, gardening, cooking and baking. After retiring, Evie and Kenneth had the opportunity to travel and see some of the country’s amazing sights.

Evie is survived by her sons Kent (Kim) of Blaine and Tim (Nancy) of Ellendale; grandchildren Nikki (Dave) of New Richland and Chad (Megan) of Forest Lake; great-grandchildren Brody, Logan and Natalie; brothers and sisters Russ and Judy Hoffman, Fritz and Marilyn Hoffman, John and Gloria Hoffman, Leo Hoffman, Louise Johnson, Ray and Sue Hoffman, Vern Hoffman, Julie and Steve Kingsley; sister-in-law, Shirley Toft; special nieces and nephews Cheryl Perry, Vicky and Dan Ress, and Carol and Jon Anderson; special friends Marion Motz, Julie Gullickson and Dana Wayne; and many other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth; her sisters Bern and her husband, Wally Hanson, and Theresia and her husband, Lloyd Osland; grandson-in-law, Todd Schumaker; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gordon Toft, Charles and Marge Toft, James and Margaret Toft, Paul Toft, Carol, Olive and Phyllis Toft.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Evie’s caregivers at Whispering Oaks in Ellendale,

memory care at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community and Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice in Albert

Lea for the very kind and loving care they all received.

Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran Cemetery in Ellendale or to the donor’s choice.

To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local

authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on www.bonnerupfuneralservice.com.