Edna Pearl Lessman age 91 of Tracy, formerly of Lamberton, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment is in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery north of Walnut Grove. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Edna Pearl was the oldest child of Homer and Ruth (Addison) Fultz, being born in Minneapolis, MN on November 10, 1923. When Edna was a toddler the family moved to a farm northeast of Walnut Grove. She attended first grade in Walnut Grove and then Districts 57 and 19 through 8th grade and then graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1941. When Edna was 18 she was baptized at the Congregational Church, Walnut Grove. After graduation she worked at Schauer’s Variety Store in Walnut Grove and then found work at Northern Pump in North Minneapolis during World War II. Then she traveled to Virginia and spent a few months working at a medicine company while staying with an aunt. She came back to Walnut Grove and worked at the Drug Store for a time and met the love of her life and married James Lessman on January 5, 1948 at the Methodist parsonage. After marriage, Jim and Edna lived in various places around the state – Fergus Falls, Ellendale, Lucan, Lamberton, Tracy, and Walnut Grove areas, where Edna was busy as a farm wife and mother to two children. January of 1979 her husband passed away and then Edna made the move into the city of Walnut Grove and enjoyed working many different jobs – Walnut Grove Tribune office, Plum Creek Cheese, Walnut Grove School kitchen and library, and the Wilder Museum. She enjoyed all these jobs as it brought her into contact with many people and she so enjoyed meeting each and every one. She served on various community committees and was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary. She held positions on the Trinity Lutheran Church Board and was a member of the Women of the ELCA. In September of 2004 she moved to the Valley View Apartments in Lamberton and made many new friends over the next 10 years. Edna moved to Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy in February of 2015 where she was content taking part in the activities and meeting more people. Edna passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 7 days.
Family was very important to Edna and she cherished all the life events of each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Joan (Glen) Iverson of Lamberton; daughter-in-law Glenda Lessman of Maple Plain; five grandchildren & thirteen great-grandchildren: Jody (Paul) Hintze & Dawson, Grace, Henry & Hattie of Lakefield; Joyelle (Brad) Kennedy & Hannah, Nathan & Madelyn of Sidney, NE; Josh (Jenny) Lessman & Graham and Charley of Detroit Lakes; Betsy (Brent) Johnson & Allison and Andrew of Madelia; John (Dawn) Lessman & Whitley & Trigg of Sidney, NE; two brothers: Charles (Clara) Fultz of Hope, AK & Don (Eunice) Fultz of Shoreview; brother-in-law Bill (Grace) Lessman of Laporte; sisters-in-law: Louella Lof of Park Rapids, & Eleanor Fultz of Marshall; along with many cousins, nephews, nieces & friends. Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim (1979), son Allan (2002), grandson Toby Iverson (2015), brother Bernard Fultz (2014), & sister Pauline Hemmingsen (2015). Edna’s faith has been strong and has carried her through all the ups and downs that life has dealt her. Blessed be her memory.