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Lillian Eastvold, 86

Apr 30, 2021

Blue Earth – Lillian Eastvold, age 86, of Blue Earth passed away Sunday April 25, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services were held Friday, April 30 at Patton Funeral Home, Rev. Daren Barnett officiated. Burial was at United Lutheran Church in Frost.

Lillian was born Dec. 18, 1934 in Crosby, to Inmar and Anna (Johnson) Engelby. She graduated from Rake High School and then went on to marry Jacob “Jake” Eastvold. Together they raised three children and farmed south of Buffalo Center until retiring in 1985. After retiring, they moved to Blue Earth in 1996 where they carried out the rest of their years until Jake’s passing in 2007, Lillian stayed in their home until her passing.

Lillian enjoyed cooking and baking; she was famous for her decadent cupcakes. She also liked to can vegetables in the summer. She was a long-time member of Grant Lutheran Church outside of Woden, Iowa. She taught Sunday School for many years, forming wonderful, lifelong bonds with her students who would keep in touch with her long after their Sunday school days. She and Jake enjoyed traveling locally in their RV as well as taking trips to Norway, California and the Black Hills to name a few. Most importantly, Lillian cherished her family and her faith, both being very important aspects in her life. She was a long time and current member of Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Blue Earth.

Left to hold dear to such wonderful memories are her children, Shari VanGerpen, of Blue Earth and Sandi (Kieran) Kane, of San Mateo, California; her grandchildren, Scott VanGerpen, Adam VanGerpen, Jeremiah VanGerpen and Jennifer (Aaron) Bromeland, Tom (Emma) Eastvold and Kendra (Kevin) Hanson, and Katlin Kane and Bryan Kane; as well as several great-grandchildren, one great-great- grandchild, extended family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jake; a son, Ron Eastvold; grandson, Justin VanGerpen; brother, Roy Engelby; and sister, Ellen Wolff.