Erna L. EllingsonErna Ellingson, 79, Christine, ND, died May 11, 2013, after a year-long battle with colon cancer. Erna was born July 10, 1933, to Walter and Helena (Krause) Lehrke at Peever, SD. The family lived in a number of places in the Browns Valley, MN, and Sisseton, SD, area. Erna attended high school at the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, MN, where she met her husband, Hartley Ellingson. They were united in marriage on September 18, 1954.
Erna enjoyed being busy. She worked before marriage at the Commonwealth Loan Company, St. Paul, MN. Early in their marriage, Erna did clerical work for Nash Finch and Robert Gibb. She was active in many organizations while her children where younger including serving on the state board of the PTA where she led an anti-smoking campaign in the late 1960’s. She also led the local 4H club, was a member of the Eagle Homemakers (including a state officer), was on the Richland 44 school board, and worked with the Richland Music Parents organization. As her nest began to empty, Erna returned to work this time in alterations, first at JC Penney’s and later, Dayton’s, where she retired in 1996. In her spare time, Erna enjoyed sewing, quilting, and helping others.