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Cecelia Seehusen April 14, 1924 - Dec. 5, 2012

Cecelia Seehusen April 14, 1924 - Dec. 5, 2012

BIRD ISLAND - Cecelia Seehusen, age 88, of Bird Island died Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Benson. Memorial services will be Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Bird Island with Pastor Greg Hall officiating. Burial is in the Bird Island City Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday 4-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island and continues one hour prior to the service at the church.

Cecelia, born on April 14, 1924, was the firstborn of seven siblings born to Ole and Dagmar Pedersen Stien in Montevideo, Minnesota. She lived all of her eighty-eight years in Minnesota in the proximity and embrace of her parents, brothers, and sister. In 1947 she married and later divorced Donald Seehusen. her daughter, Darlene was born to that union.

Cecelia attended elementary school in Sparta Township and graduated from Montevideo High School in 1941. she received teacher training at Windom Normal Teacher Institute and St. Cloud State University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education and Library Administration. Her forty-five year tenure in elementary classrooms began in 1942 in rural schools in western Chippewa County and continued in public schools in Lake Lillian and Bird Island, Minnesota. she retired from the classroom in 1987. Scores of students will affectionately remember their classroom encounters with her.

Baptized at the rural, pioneer Saron Lutheran Church and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo, she was a devoted life-long member of the Lutheran church. She faithfully volunteered her talent and teaching skills in Sunday school and Vacation Bible school classes. She served on the church and library boards at Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Bird Island and at the Bird Island city library.

A personification of grace, generosity, and love, Cecelia will be affectionately remembered for her affirmation and extraordinary dedication to the well-being of her daughter Darlene, and her patient and compassionate commitment to the care of a disabled sister and her aging parents.

For respite from her dedication to others, Cecelia enjoyed gardening and flowers, embroidering, painting, reading, music, and a cup of coffee with friends.

Pleasant and grateful reminiscences will linger long in the memories of scores of family, friends, colleagues, and students - her quiet, but profound faith, honest affirmation of all, generosity, and patient care for all those God had given her to love. She will be missed by all who knew her and whose lives were enriched by her presence.

Cecelia is survived by her daughter, Darlene Seehusen of Benson; her brother Howard Stien; sisters-in-law: Pat Stien, Jean Stien Nelson and Marian Stien along with several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews. Cecelia was preceded in death by her parents; her four brothers: Harold Stien, Richard Stien, Donald Stien and Raymond Stien; and her one sister Rachael Stien.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN

(320) 523-1102