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Trula Lorraine Kersten

August 4, 1914 ~ January 13, 2007 (age 92)


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Trula L. Kersten, age 92, of Annandale and formerly of South Haven, died Saturday, January 13, 2007.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at Zion United Methodist Church, South Haven. Rev. Heather E. Klason will officiate and private burial will be in Zion Cemetery, South Haven. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. A prayer service will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Trula L. Kersten was born August 4, 1914 in South Haven to John and Alma (Smith) Ballard. She married William H. Kersten on May 4, 1935 in St. Paul and he preceded her in death on January 2, 2005. Trula was a dedicated wife and enjoyed her life on the farm. She worked as a country school teacher, served as secretary of the South Haven School Board, and was a member and leader of the 4H. She was a woman of strong faith, a member of Zion United Methodist church, involved in Sunday School, Youth Leadership, Bible School and church library. She loved her family and friends and was an encouragement to everyone around her.

Trula is survived by her son, Roland (Joan) of Grand Forks, ND; granddaughters, Sheryl (Delver) Aleckson, Deborah (Eric) Douma, and Julie (Randy) Crist; many great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; very special cousins; and loved ones. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Gilbert `Gib` Ballard.

Pallbearers will be Delver Aleckson, Eric Douma, Eric Craton, David Craton, Reid Aleckson, Luke Aleckson, Joel Craton. US Sailor, Brett Aleckson will be an honorary pallbearer. Jamie Miller, organist and Michele Craton, vocalist will provide the music for the service. Arrangements were made by Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale.
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