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Anna Herbranson

July 16, 1923 — December 26, 2018

Anna Herbranson, 95, of Barnesville, MN died on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.    

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, December 31, 2018 at Rollag Lutheran Church in Rollag, MN with Rev. Jim Greene officiating.  Burial will follow in Rollag Lutheran Cemetery.    

Visitation will be 1-3 PM, Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville, MN with a Prayer Service at 1:00 PM. 

Anna Marie Aakre was born on July 16, 1923 to Carl Andreas and Mabel Josephine (Nelson) Aakre on their farm in rural Rollag.  At the age of four, her mother died, leaving behind three daughters and six sons. Very quickly the girls became the women of the house.  She grew up on their farm and, attended Rollag District #3 and graduated from Barnesville High School.  As a young woman, she worked at the Rollag Store. 

On April 1, 1944, Anna was united in marriage to Theodore K. “Ted” Herbranson at the Lutheran Parsonage in Hawley, MN.  Ted was immediately shipped off to the Pacific Theater during WW II and Anna remained on her father’s farm until his return in 1946.  Anna and Ted made their home in Rollag where they co-owned and operated the Rollag Implement from 1946 to 1950.  In 1951, they moved to the home farm where they began farming.  She remained on the farm after Ted’s death until 2010 when she moved to Barnesville.  She resided at Valley Care and Rehab in Barnesville the last two years of her life.

Anna was an active member of Rollag Lutheran Church, the ladies aid and Leah Circle. She loved going to Bible Study at the church and did so until she moved into the nursing home. She worked at the Rollag Lutheran Church Food Stand at the Log Cabin on Steamer Hill every year until she was about 85 years old.  She also was a member of the Homemakers Club.

One of the highlights of her life was to be able to travel to Hawaii for her and Ted’s 60th wedding anniversary with her daughter Marilee and husband Rick Bowler.  They were able to finally take the honeymoon that the war prevented them from having.

She is survived by two sons:  Dennis (Sandy) Herbranson of Arlington, TX, and David (Joanne) Herbranson of rural Rollag, grandchildren, Tracey (Bill) Beckwith, Cindy (Andrew) Howland, Cheri Thompson, Laura (Paul) Anderson, Justin Halvorson, Erica (Jordan) Zillmer, Nicole, Simon, Mason and 14 great grandchildren, one brother Laurence Aakre, Moorhead, MN, sister Charlotte Henry, Moorhead, MN and sister-in-law Clarice Aakre, Hawley, MN. 

Anna was preceded in death by her husband Ted in 2008, her parents, one daughter Marilee Thompson, one daughter-in-law Kris Herbranson, one granddaughter Jaynie Halvorson, one great granddaughter Zoie Anna Marie English, five brothers: Herbert, Raymond (Norma), James (Agnes), Robert (Ardis), Carl (Lorraine) Jr, sister Mildred (Axel) Flaten and sister-in-law Florence Aakre.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to a favorite charity.

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Service Schedule

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Prayer Service

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 31, 2018

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Rollag Lutheran Church

10501 MN-32, Hawley, MN 56549

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