MABEL LORRAINE ELLESTADMabel Lorraine Ellestad, joined hands once again with John, her loving husband of 53 years on Jan. 29, 2014.
Mabel Lorraine Ellestad, joined hands once again with John, her loving husband of 53 years on Jan. 29, 2014.
Mabel was born Dec. 21, 1928 in Sisseton, South Dakota to Clarence and Francis Stavig.
She was one of 10 children, survived by one brother, Lloyd Stavig of Watertown, South Dakota.
Mabel married John Duane Ellestad in Webster, South Dakota on Dec. 16, 1947. To this union, six children were born. John (Lori) Ellestad of Proctor, Minn., Gary (Susan) Ellestad of Blaine, Minn., Judy (Don) Ness of Two Harbors, Minn., Larry (Judy) Ellestad of Prior Lake, Minn., Randy (Deanna) Ellestad of Knife River, Minn., and Julie (Chris) Hertig of Bedford, Va.
She was deeply loved by 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Mabel loved to cook, can and bake. She was well known for her cinnamon rolls, homemade bread, and potato salad.
Throughout her life she was president of the Lake Superior Antique Bottle Club, Senior Regent of the Women of the Moose, a member of Knife River Lutheran Church, and longtime resident of Knife River.
Mabel worked as a caregiver for several families in the area, and was President of the resident council at Ecumen Scenic Shores Care Center and was also elected Valentine Queen in 2012.
Mabel missed her calling as a comedian but was well known for her ability to hear a joke, retell it, and take credit for it. She loved playing "31" and 6,5,4, and reaping her winnings from friends and loved ones. She also enjoyed traveling with Harbor Mates on their gambling excursions. Mabel also had an extensive library of cookbooks and could be found on most days sitting in her chair at the kitchen table paging through one of them while throwing scraps out the window to her pet seagulls.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Knife River Lutheran church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be sent to Knife River Lutheran Church. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cavallinfuneralhome.com