Eleanore Aarrestad

Eleanore Anne Aarrestad

Wednesday August 6, 1930 - Wednesday January 16, 2019
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Eleanore “Ellie” Aarrestad, Age 88 of Brainerd passed away January 16, 2019 in her home. Ellie was born in Osakis, MN to Henry and Mabel Fynskov on August 6, 1930. A few years later her brother Paul was born and they enjoyed life on the farm. After high school Ellie attended Concordia Morehead to study nursing. She also met Ernest, a dashing young musician from Illinois. She received her RN degree from Fairview Hospital in 1952. That same year Ernie took her down the aisle to begin their marital adventure. Quickly Ernie headed out to basic training and Ellie began working in Alexandria, MN. Soon after they joined up in Lawton, OK where she continued nursing work. Ernie played in the army band and after his discharge they moved to Pequot Lakes, MN. There she worked at a Dr’s. office and their first child, Pam was born. Ted was born two years later and they moved to Brainerd, MN in 1958. Ellie worked as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital where she remained for the rest of her career. She took some time off with the birth of her next 2 sons Thomas and Phillip. Ellie tirelessly raised the family with Ernie and then began studies in the 1980s for her bachelor’s degree from St. Scholastica, graduating in 1988. A few years later at the age of 58 she joined Ernie in retirement and began living the life.
This great duo enjoyed living in Florida for many winters and took up tennis, golf and a busy social life. In continuing to look for new fun things to do, Ellie enjoyed participating in Geritol Frolics for many productions, getting back to square dancing and camping more with Ernie. They also traveled in the states and abroad and enjoyed their growing number of grandchildren.
Ellie was involved in many groups as a long-standing member of Trinity Lutheran Church through the years as well as AAUW, Crossing Arts Alliance, Ray’s Promenaders and others.
Ellie was known for her especially caring, sweet ways backed up with a strong set of values and silent tenacious spirit. She always served as an incredible and inspiring example that included a positive attitude, rolling with the tough challenges life brought and forever loving others more then seemed possible. We will miss her and we thank all those who have been in her life. Now she is at peace with our Lord and Savior who called her to faith. He blessed all of us in sharing Ellie.
Ellie is survived by her husband Ernest Aarrestad; children: Pam (Dan) Borg, Ted (Jenifer) Aarrestad, Tom (Carolyn Kuether), Phil (Kay) Aarrestad, nine grandchildren and eight great -grandchildren.
Ellie is preceded in death by parents Henry and Mable Fynskov; and brother, Paul Fynskov.
Funeral service for Ellie will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3PM at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitiation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Vaale cemetery in the Spring.
Memorials are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran food shelf.

Caring for Ellie & the Aarrestad family:
Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home
Brainerd Chapel 218-829-3581
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    Monday January 21, 2019 |
    Monday January 21, 2019
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address Not Available
    Funeral service at 3PM at Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday, January 21, 2019. Visitation will be one hour prior.


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Private Condolence

Lila and Harold Moen

Posted at 10:50am
Our sincere sympathy for the loss of Ellie. She will be remembered as a great nurse and a kind lady.
Lila and Harold Moen

Val Somerville

Posted at 12:54pm
Our sympathy to all on your loss from old neighbors..Such a wonderful and caring lady. . Val (Walla) and Bob Somerville, Monticello

Pat McCormick

Posted at 11:28am
I am very sorry to hear of Ellies death. She was always so kind to the nursing students that I brought to St. Joseph's medial center.
Pat Mccormick

Catherine Mitchell

Posted at 09:43am
One Amazing Woman!!!!!!! A role Model and mentor to many!

Char Winter ( Charlene Moe)

Posted at 01:36am
Mrs. Aarrestad was one of the people that I will never forget. I met her when I was a candy striper, then nursing assistant at the former St. Joseph Hospital, Brainerd, MN. She was my supervisor & the day always started with " uniform check." She checked that your slip was not showing, your sweater if worn during the colder seasons, had to be snow white. Hair was above the collar. She taught me to be professional. This is one of the things I would do as a RN supervisor. She also taught by showing. It wasn't just read the book page or direction sheet. We would watch as she explained the new skill, then read, & go to work. " Enough said. What a feeling of accomplishment when she would smile, & nod in a positive fashion. Another lesson that I used with my staff. I never thought of her as Teds' mom. ( I went from grade school through high school graduation with Ted.) She was Mrs. Aarrestad my supervisor. How could she be doing other things. Many years later, after moving to the Brainerd area, I would see her at a nursing continuing education class. After re introducing myself & thanking her for her wisdom, I asked her why she continued to take classes. " Aren't you retired?" This tiny woman looked up at me & in a calm, no nonsense voice said, " You are never done learning." Thank you Mrs. Aarrestad RN. Charlene Moe Winter RN

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