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Mina M. Svenningsen, 100

Sep 11, 2010

Mina Svenningsen

Albert Lea — Mina M. Svenningsen, age 100, of Albert Lea, formerly of Wells, died Sept. 6, 2010, at St. John’s Lutheran Home, in Albert Lea.

Funeral Services were held Sept. 10, 2010, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in Wells. The Rev. Kathy Fullarton officiated and burial was in Rosehill Cemetery, in Wells.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home, in Wells, assisted the family with the arrangements.

Mina Svenningsen was born Feb. 6, 1910, in Wells, the daughter of Fred E. and Rose (Kruger) Brandt. She was a graduate of Wells Schools and Teacher’s Training. On Sept. 6, 1934, she married Chris T. Svenningsen at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Wells. They lived in Mankato for many years before moving to Wells upon Mr. Svenningsen’s retirement.

Mina taught in rural schools near Wells for several years. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, was a member of the choir, was secretary of her church circle for several years and also served as the pianist. Mina helped at Lend-A-Hand Days in church for several years. She spent time working as a Pink Lady Volunteer at the Wells Hospital. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, National Association of Retired Federal Employees Auxiliary and Senior Citizens – serving as a board member. Mina enjoyed reading, knitting and traveling – she visited 49 states, Canada and Mexico.

Mina is survived by a cousin, Ruthann and Normen Wegner, of Winnebago; a niece and nephew, Ginner and Mervil Boettcher, of Alden; godchildren, Kim (Julie) Svenningsen, of Prior Lake, Kathy (Gene) Stern, of Owatonna; sister-in-law, Betty Svenningsen, of St. Paul; and many other nieces, nephews, and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chris on March 1, 2007; brother, Martin H. Brandt and his wife, Katy; nephew Max Brandt; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.