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Alma J. Amundson

Alma J. Amundson

Oct. 16, 1914 - Nov. 13, 2008

WILLMAR -- Alma Josephine Amundson, 94, of Willmar, died Thursday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

She was born Oct. 16, 1914, at the family home in Freeland Township, Lac qui Parle County, to A.W. (Bill) and Karen Andrea (Haugen) Johnson. She lived in Lac qui Parle County where she attended District 76 for her schooling. She worked at various jobs throughout her younger years.

On July 29, 1939, she married Herbert L. Amundson in Madison. They lived in Watson until 1940, when they moved to Norris Camp north of Red Lake until 1943. They moved to Willmar in 1944. She worked at Chet's Red & White and Ben Franklin. She cooked for the Willmar School District until her retirement in the mid-1970s.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and had been active with church circle and CWELCA. She taught Sunday School and Tuesday school for a number of years. She also served on the Altar Guild, was a deaconess, helped with the Advent Festival, was active with the Prayer Chain and helped as a bulletin folder. During the 1940s she helped with the nickel church suppers. She was a volunteer at Rice Memorial Hospital and the Blood Mobile, helped deliver Meals on Wheels, served as an election judge and was active at the Senior Citizens Center.

She is survived by her husband; children: Sandy (and Don) Kemnitz and Duaine (and Ann) Amundson, all of Willmar; five grandsons; four stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and her brother: Gunder Johnson of Brainerd.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law: Roger Jakel; three brothers; and three sisters.