Elaine Elizabeth Engen, 85, of New York Mills, formerly of Annandale, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2019 at the Mills Manor in New York Mills, Minnesota.
Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2019 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. David Nelson officiating. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m.at the church. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Annandale.
Elaine was born to Emil and Laura (Pick) Nilson on January 18, 1934 at home in Southside Township, the third of twelve children. She was baptized April 1, 1934 and confirmed on June 5, 1949 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. She graduated from Annandale High School in 1952 and the Lutheran Bible Institute of Minneapolis in 1954. She married Arnold Ernest Gunderson on September 24, 1955. This marriage was blessed by a son, David Arnold, and through the gift of adoption, a daughter, Dawn Elizabeth. Arnold and Elaine farmed south of Annandale, and on July 3, 1973 Arnold was killed in a farm accident. Elaine was again blessed in marriage on May 13, 1984 to Conrad Engen, the father of Jeff and Connie, to which Elaine embraced and unconditionally loved her entire life. Throughout her life Elaine was employed at various occupations and always displayed her Christian faith. She loved housekeeping and preparing meals for family and friends. She was a dedicated and gifted quilter, and her interior painting talents were shared at churches, community centers and homes across the state. She loved her children and spoiled her grandchildren every chance she could! No one ever left hungry, and her unconditional love, support and care for others will be greatly missed.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 36 years, Conrad; children, Dave Gunderson, Jeff Engen and Connie Stewart; grandchildren, Josh Fobbe, Tyler, Dustin and Harrison Engen and Leighton Buhr; great-grandson, Kaidan Fobbe; siblings, Alice (John) Wolfe, Maynard (Betty) Nilson, Maurice (Jeanne) Nilson, Floss Nilson, Rosemary Nilson, and David Nilson; sister-in-law, Marilyn Nilson; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Arnold; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn (Dave) Fobbe; Godparents, Arvid (Helen) Gunnarson; brothers, Stanley, Arvid, Paul, Roger and Harold Nilson; nieces, Heidi Gust, Susan Belan and Kris Anne Pearson; brother-in-laws, Lynn Pearson, Delbert (Ruth) Marschel and Oscar (Helen) Jatko.
Blessed be the memory of Elaine Elizabeth Engen.
Mark Pearson, Scott Nilson, Todd Nilson and Dean Nilson will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale.
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