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Elzada Brogren

March 20, 1915-Feb. 3, 2010

Elzada J. Brogren, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Elzada was born the daughter of Oscar and Margrethe (Valtinson) Fagerlie on March 20, 1915 in Audubon. She was the second of nine children. Elzada was raised and educated in Audubon. As a teenager, she would ride the train to Detroit Lakes to work as a housekeeper for the Mox Olson residence and also go to the movie theater with her sisters.

Elzada was united in marriage to Vernon Brogren on October 13, 1940 in Audubon. They farmed for a few years and later moved to Detroit Lakes in 1957. She worked at Blanding's for 28 years as a sales clerk, and later at St. Mary's Hospital as a baker/cook for a number of years.

Elzada enjoyed baking and was known for her lefse. She also enjoyed dancing, traveling, gardening, going out to eat -- especially the ice cream that would follow the meal -- mowing her lawn and in her later years supervising those who tried.

The times Elzada truly treasured were the opportunities to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving Elzada are three sons, Jim (Mary Ann) Brogren of Detroit Lakes, Jerry (Tony) Brogren of Audubon and Butch (Karla) Brogren of Deroit Lakes; one daughter, Vernette (Darrell) Olson of Detroit Lakes; 11 grandchildren, Jim Brogren Jr., Brian Brogren, Shannon (Teresa) Brogren, Justin (Missy) Olson, Jared Olson, Jason (Amber) Brogren, Corey Brogren, Kristi (Jeff) Schlauderaff, Robert (Shelly) Brogren,

John Worden and Scott (Karen) Worden; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Brogren of Ulen and Marie (Arnie) Brandvig of Fargo; two sisters-in-law, Frieda Fagerlie of Michigan and Phyllis (Julius) Schmidt of Detroit Lakes; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Elzada in death were her parents; husband, Vernon (1991); four brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Eric Lemonholm, officiating. Interment will be at First Lutheran Cemetery, rural Audubon.

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