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Obituary for Almyra Kapphahn

Almyra Kapphahn, age 88 of Elbow Lake, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Broen Home in Fergus Falls. Almyra Joanna Jorgens Kapphahn was born on Nov. 22, 1927 in rural Elbow Lake to Joseph and Anna Jorgens. She attended country school and Elbow Lake High School and graduated in 1945. After graduating she worked in Minneapolis. Her future father in-law introduced her to John Francis Kapphahn in September and they married on May 10th, 1947. She and Jack farmed in Bertha, Norcross, Fergus Falls and then moved to their present farm north of Elbow Lake in 1962. Jack and Almyra raised 5 children and worked hard to provide for them. Almyra sacrificed for her family milking cows, baking bread 2 to 3 times a week and preparing after school treats. Fresh from the oven, everything disappeared within minutes. Almyra was involved with homemakers, the American Legion and active in various women's groups at United Lutheran Church. Almyra was known for her wonderful home cooked meals. She often was found making pies and donuts as donations for church fund raisers and then washed many dishes for all of us. She affectionately earned the nickname "Grandma Donut" by her Great Grandchildren. Almyra is survived by children John, Jr. (Diane) of Elbow Lake, Rhonda (Bill) Lajko of Coon Rapids, Dianne (Rob) Auel of Alexandria, Dean (Diann) of Elbow Lake, Brian (Marcy Cawelti) of Elbow Lake, and family friend Merle Shuck (Judy); 15 grandchildren: Tamara, Jason, Rebecca, Michael, Daniel, Samuel, Samantha, Melanie, Jessica, Adam, Taylor, Stephanie, Vincent, Zachary, Daniel, Tanner and Matthew, along with 21 great- grandchildren; sister, Helen Melchert, of Brooklyn Center and brother, Thomas Jorgens (Michal) of Crookston; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Keith Kapphahn of Warroad, Richard Kapphahn of Wheaton, Dee Watts of Fridley, Lenore Costello of Minneapolis, Marian and Clare Kapphahn of Puposky, Lynn and David Kapphahn of Bertha, Ruth Jorgens of Fergus Falls, and many nieces and nephews. Almyra was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, her parents Joseph and Anna Jorgens, her brother Gerald Jorgens, and in-laws Elmer and Etta Kapphahn, brothers-in-law, Harold Melchert, Paul Costello, Quentin Watts, Donald Robbin and sisters-in-law, Margaret Kapphahn, Gloria Kapphahn, Ellen Kapphahn, and Mary Robin, and nephew, James Kapphahn. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Friday, October 14 at Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake, resuming one hour prior to the service at the church Funeral Service: 11AM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake Clergy: Pastor Jean Ohman Interment at Ness Cemetery

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Funeral Home:
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake
116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN
US 56531


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Visitation

Friday

14

Oct

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Service

Saturday

15

Oct

11:00 AM
United Lutheran Church

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church

cemetery

Saturday

15

Oct

Ness Cemetery

Elbow Lake, MN

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