Lorna E. Eklund, 92, of Paynesville, formerly of Willmar, died Thursday, July 4, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.
She was born on May 10, 1921, in Young America, the daughter of Albert and Clara (Schrupp) Ponath. She grew up in Young America before her family moved to the Cambridge – Isanti area. While working as a waitress, Lorna met her husband to be, Clifford Eklund. They were united in marriage on Nov. 4, 1939, at the Baptist Church parsonage in Cambridge. Following their marriage, they moved to Willmar and Lorna worked as a sales clerk at Woolworth’s and also did housekeeping for the Parkway Motel. She retired in 1984.
She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and also belonged to Fraternal Order of Eagles’ Aerie Auxiliary and the Senior Citizens.
Her family remembers how wonderful her cooking and baking was and how she enjoyed sharing those delights with her family. She was a gifted seamstress, knitter, and enjoyed bowling and dancing. Lorna also liked to play games, especially “penny ante poker.”
Lorna is survived by her children, Marilyn (and Jerry) Roemer of Deming, NM, Karen (and George) Lichtsinn of Granbury, Texas, Larry (and Vicki) Eklund of Golden Valley, Susan Picotte of Bloomington; 10 grandchildren, Jannell (and Paul) Tentis, Kim (and David Streese) Sjoberg, Sherri (and Johnny) Sosa, Lisa (and Bob) Lesnau, Todd (and Kristen) Eklund, Nathan (and Beth) Eklund, Eric Eklund, Amanda (and Tim) Lieser, Christopher (and Cassidy) Eklund and Briana (and Mohannad) Al Taqatqa; 18 great–grandchildren; five great–great–grandchildren; and siblings, Mildred Nimz of Big Lake, MN; Melvin (and Joan) Ponath of Eden Prairie and Melva (and Donald) Peterson of Cambridge.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford, on June 27, 1990; grandson, Dennis Lichtsinn; brother, Roland Ponath; and daughter-in-law, Susan (Shea) Eklund.
Her funeral was on Tuesday, July 9, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial was in Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation wias Monday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Online condolences may be left at www.hafh.org.