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Ione Finkelson, 93

Ione Julia Finkelson, 93, a resident of Brandons Assisted Living, formerly of rural Ashby, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Ione was born January 16, 1920 in Eagle Lake Township, the daughter of Ole and Julia (Tollefson) Torgrimson. Julia passed away after the birth and Ione was raised by Ole and relatives. Ione spoke Norwegian until she started school, attending the District 114 grade school.

Ione married Manfred Finkelson on October 28, 1939 at the parsonage in Battle Lake. They farmed together their entire lives and had many great friends. Ione was always an active member of Grue Lutheran Church, singing with her sister, Eunice Runningen for many weddings, anniversaries, and funerals. Ione belonged to the Ladies Aid, Sewing Circle, taught Sunday school, the Sunshine Lady, and helped tie many quilts.

Ione was a wonderful cook and always had baked goods on hand. She offered everyone coffee. She was loved and respected by everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed. She truly loved having nieces, nephews, neighbors and family come to visit.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Manfred; her parents; two brothers, Thomas and Helmer Torgrimsom; four sisters, Alma Vikesland, Lillie Swenson, Eunice Runningen and Eunice Western; and a son-in-law, Maynard Jensen.

She is survived by a son, Curtis (Sharon) of Alexandria; daughter, Linda Jensen of Richfield and friend, Gene McDougall of Edina; five grandchildren, Blaine Jensen, Brent (Jessica) Jensen, Teresa (Dennis) Mohs, Keith (Jennifer) Finkelson and Sheila (Kent) Larson; eight great-grandchildren, Stacey Jensen (Steven Snyder), Conor Jensen, Brittany Mohs, Jordan Mohs, and Nicole Mohs, Hunter Finkelson, Austin Finkelson, Melania Larson; three great-great-grandchildren, Urijah, Makenzie and Tanner Snyder; sister-in-law, Doris (Wayne) Akerman, and very special nephews and nieces; relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. at Grue Lutheran Church in rural Ashby with the Rev. Carol Olson officiating.

Burial was at Grue Cemetery in rural Ashby.

Arrangements are with Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Ashby;