Eileen Isabel Thorston, age 90, formerly of Springfield, died on Oct. 30, 2013, at Seasons of Apple Valley in Apple Valley, MN
Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4-7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield and will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Sundown Lutheran Church at 17793 Nature Ave, Springfield, MN
Service will be held at the Sundown Lutheran Church on Saturday at 11a.m.
Interment will be at the Sundown Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.
On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Eileen was born on Sept. 17, 1923 in Vesta, MN, the daughter of Joseph and Nettie (Potter) Kotval. She graduated valedictorian from Redwood Falls High School. In 1945, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and taught Home Economics and Science at Waterville High School, Waterville, MN.
She married Leonard Thorston on Sept. 20, 1947. They lived and farmed in Sundown Township, Redwood County, until moving from the farm into Springfield in 1990.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Leonard; their daughters, Audrey (Rusty) Nelson of Minneapolis, Jane (Jim) Sletten of Edina, Mary (Daniel) Megorden of Phoenix, Brenda (Donald) Hunter of Farmington, and Donna (Andrew) Rauch of Shoreview; 13 grandchildren, Karla (Ross) and Erik Nelson, David and Tanya Sletten, Jessica (Brian) Ommen, Laura and Micah Megorden, Allison, Jon and Sarah Hunter, Nettie, Tommy and Hannah Rauch; and 2 great-grandchildren, Anton and Elling Nelson; and her sister, Doris (Douglas) Zorn of Hutchinson, MN.
Eileen was an active member of many community organizations including Sundown Lutheran Church, Redwood County Extension, a school board member of District 1750, Redwood Area Home Economists Club and a 20-year leader of the Mighty Mites 4-H Club.
She was also an accomplished and prolific seamstress. Fascinated with the technology of microwave ovens, she sold them door-to-door when they were first introduced to the consumer market. One of her biggest thrills was being a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest and then winning a special prize in the microwave category. She was subsequently selected to participate in several contests as a contestant adviser. Most of all, she loved being surrounded by her family.
The family has designated memorials to the Sundown Lutheran Church Cemetery Foundation, or Green Lake Bible Camp, 9916 Lake Ave South, Spicer, MN 56288