Lillian Drager


Lillian DragerLillian Alma Drager, age 93 of Granite Falls formerly of Wood Lake, peacefully passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at Granite Falls Care Center after a long-term struggle with Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. before service at the church Saturday. Interment will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the St. John’s Lutheran Church kitchen fund.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lillian Alma Drager was born March 29, 1925 to August and Mathilda (Munsch) Jeseritz in Wood Lake, Minnesota. She became a child of God through holy baptism on April 12, 1925 by Pastor H. Hinck and she renewed her baptismal vow through confirmation on May 14, 1939 by Pastor F.E. Traub at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake.  Lillian received her education from country school District 13 and St. John’s parochial school.  On January 30, 1944, Lillian was united in marriage to Arnold Drager at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Lillian was a faithful member of St. John’s and was involved in the church choir for 20 years.  She was also active in the women’s society for many years and was the cook for St. John’s parochial school for 27 years.  In September of 1997, the couple moved to an apartment in Granite Falls.  Arnold passed away on January 4, 2005.  Lillian moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Cottonwood in February 2008, until she moved to the Granite Manor in July 2012.  She was able to be part of moving to the new location in Granite, which she was very excited about.  During her stay at the Granite Manor, she enjoyed her yearly outing to the Wood Lake Community Fair.  At the fair, she enjoyed getting a burger, a piece of pie and watching the grand parade. Lillian loved traveling, making quilts for her children and spending time with her family.

Lillian is survived by children: Barbara (Lowell) Jarveis of Tucson, AZ, Jerold (Catherine) Drager of Hanley Falls, Bruce (Brenda) Drager of Wood Lake, and Shelly Dresow (Dan Thompson) of Richmond; daughter-in-law Sandy Drager (Phil Kruger) of Chaska; grandchildren: Sandy (Peter) Arnold, Robert (Tiana) Jarveis, Dawn (David) Francis, Shawna (David) Darville, Nicole (Tom) Ruud, Marissa Viaene, Beth Drager, Briana (Dean) Nething, Benjamin (Hannah) Drager, Austin Dresow (Jade), and Aaron Dresow (Allie); 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and brothers: Harold (Lila) Jeseritz and Elmer (Eloise) Jeseritz. She is preceded in death by her parents August and Mathilda Jeseritz, husband Arnold Drager, son Dale Drager, grandson Doug Jarveis, siblings Raymond & Harland Jeseritz and Luella Koenen.



  1. Diane Gronseth says

    So sorry Beth and family. I know how much your grandmother meant to you. Our sympathy, Gary and Diane Gronseth

  2. Nancy Feldman says

    So sorry to hear this Beth. You and your family have our deepest sympathy. Jim and Nancy Feldman

  3. Brenda Anderson says

    I am sorry to read of Lillian’s death. She was an extremely kind woman. My sympathy to all of your family.

  4. Carol Knutson Hughes says

    So sorry for your loss! Lil was one of a kind! RIP Lillian! Blessings to the family!

  5. Sue Selden says

    My sympathy and prayers are with all of the family.

  6. Jonathan Jeseritz (grandson of Elmer) says

    Sending love from Oregon.

  7. Julie Ellingson says

    My sincere condolences to Lillian’s family. She was a hard worker, the best school “lunch lady”, and a caring mother to her children. Blessed be her memory.

  8. My sincere condolences to all of Lillian’s family. She was a wonderful lady and a sweet, caring Grandma! Heaven gained an angel.

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