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Obituary: Pearl Salzwedel

Pearl Ragnhild Ernquiat Salzwedel, daughter of Eric and Ragnhild (Holmquist) Ernquist, was born on February 28, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. She was baptized and later confirmed in May of 1941 at North Park Swedish Covenant Church in Chicago.

Pearl grew up in Chicago and graduated from high school there. Following her education, Pearl was a long distance operator for AT&T. She married Ray Salzwedel on September 6, 1947 in Chicago. Following their marriage, the couple moved to a farm near Lakefield, Minnesota. The couple farmed in Heron Lake and Des Moines Townships in Jackson County until moving into Lakefield in 1986. Ray passed away on November 1, 1993 and Pearl continued to live in her home in Lakefield.

Pearl was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield and was reconfirmed in the Lutheran faith in 1947. She was also a member of Swen-Rasmussen American Legion Auxiliary of Lakefield. Pearl loved her family and her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, traveling, ballroom dancing and wintering in Texas.

Pearl passed away on Tuesday evening September 23, 2008 at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was 81 years, 6 months and 25 days old.

Pearl is survived by her six children Carolyn and her husband George Paulson of Windom, Minnesota, Ray and his wife Deb Salzwedel of Windom, Minnesota, John and his wife Pat Salzwedel of Windom, Minnesota, Laurie Ann and her husband Alan Frohmader of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Tom and his wife Michelle Salzwedel of Lakefield, Minnesota and Dennis and his wife

Margaret Salzwedel of Lakefield, Minnesota; fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, stepmother and her brother.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran church in Lakefield. Rev. Jonathan Nack will officiate. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Lakefield. Visitation will be held at Hansen Funeral Home in Lakefield on Friday September 26, 2008 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service.