Lucille Bronstad, 82, once of Spring Valley
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 3:44 AM
Lucille Ann (Hanson) Bronstad, 82, a former Spring Valley resident, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Chosen Valley Health Care in Chatfield.
She was born Oct. 30, 1930, to Mary Katherine (Kral) Hanson and Christopher C. Hanson and raised on a farm near London, Minn. She was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Austin. After going to country schools 139 and 112 for grades one through eight, she graduated from Austin High School in 1948.
After school, she worked at Austin Dairy and then for Paul D. Jones of Hollandale where she met her husband, Melvin. They were married July 21, 1950, in the First Baptist Church in Albert Lea. For three years they both worked at Wilson & Co in Albert Lea. In 1956 they bought a farm near Cherry Grove where they lived and farmed, sometimes operating three farms, until July 2012 when they purchased a town house in Spring Valley.
Mrs. Bronstad always loved music and dancing, helping on the farm and having a good-sized garden. She was an excellent cook like her mother and loved collecting cook books. She was also fond of jewelry.
For more than 30 years she and Mel had a band, Mel's Polka Stars, which he led and they played throughout the Upper Midwest area.
She is survived by her husband, brother Donald Elmer Hanson, Aunt Margaret (Hanson) Campbell, brothers-in-law Andy Bronstad (Donna), and Loren Bronstad, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Mary Katherine Hanson.
Funeral services were Monday, May 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Glenville, Minn.
Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.