Edith Bartholomew, 92, of Alexandria (formerly of Barrett) died Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the Bethany Home of Alexandria. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, September 19, 2010, at Peace Lutheran Church in Barrett with the Rev. Matthew Rose officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Barrett. Visitation will be one hour before the service at church.
Edith Viola Magnuson was born November 10, 1917, in La Grand Township, Douglas County, Minnesota, to Carl and Hulda (Johnson) Magnuson. She attended school at District 88 and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1936.
On September 20, 1939, Edith married Willis M. Bartholomew. For the next seven years, the couple farmed in Douglas County before moving to Grant County in 1946, where they farmed near Barrett. They retired from farming in 1968 and moved to a home north of Barrett. After Willis passed away in November 1996, Edith moved to Alexandria where she lived at Viking Towers. In February 2008, she moved to the Clearwater Suites of Alexandria. Edith had just become a resident at Bethany Home in August, where she passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
Edith was a member of the Lien and Peace Lutheran Churches where she was active in the ladies aid. She enjoyed gardening, preserving vegetables and fruits, crafts, quilting, making corn husk dolls, painting, and making artificial floral arrangements. Edith liked to make something out of nothing. Her specialty was baking chocolate cake. She made many friends and particularly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. It is said that her friends at Clearwater Suites wanted to, "bottle up her laughter."
She is survived by her daughters Donna (David) Chan of Ham Lake and Shirley (Gary) Boysen of Farwell, and one son, Bob Bartholomew of Maple Grove; grandchildren Mark (Tara) Boysen, Dale (Angie) Boysen, Julie (Doug) Seest, Gary Rotenberger, David (Lonnie) Rotenberger, Carmen Ross, Jim (Katie) Chan, Paula Ohman, and Paul (Luisa) Bartholomew; and 13 great-grandchildren. Edith is also survived by two sisters, Millie Peterson of Brandon and Helen Glade of Alexandria.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, Roger and Leonard, and one daughter, Ruth Ann.