Emlyn Frazeur

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Emlyn Frazeur

October 8, 1922 • June 25, 2018

Emlyn Frazeur, 95, of Canby, Minnesota passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.  

A Memorial Service was held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Canby. Burial was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Canby. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church Friday, June 29, 2018.

Emlyn L. Frazeur was born Oct. 8, 1922 to Sam and Emma Knutson in rural Canby,  Yellow Medicine County. Her grandparents all emigrated from Norway and Norwegian was spoken at home while she was young. She was active in First English Lutheran Church in Canby throughout her childhood years. When her mother became sick and passed away in 1935, Emlyn was just 13. The Knutson siblings helped take care of Emlyn as well as Sam and delayed their own schooling to take care of the Knutson home. Emlyn was the youngest of seven children.

She attended Burr Elementary School, Canby High School and Normal Training to teach country school. She also took some college coursework in Mankato. She taught for two years, and then worked in the cities at Twin Cities Ordnance during WWII. Her activities there included singing in the company’s choir.

Realizing she wanted to come back to western Minnesota, she returned to teaching country school.

March 16, 1947, she and Paul Frazeur married at the First English Lutheran Church. She soon stopped teaching and settled into farm, family and community life. Her faith was very important to her, as was living a charitable lifestyle. Caring for a large family was her top priority. Emlyn and Paul made certain there was meat in the freezer, a pantry full of correctly canned vegetables and fruit, potatoes and squash raised in the garden, plenty of cows’ milk and desserts of every kind.

Emlyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for 69 years. She was a member of United Presbyterian Women where she participated in circle and sewing groups. She was involved in the Extension Homemaking program and was a proud member of the Sons of Norway. She also passed on her love of poetry, words and Jeopardy to her children. The couple moved into Canby in the 1980s and from there moved to Sylvan Court in 2010. They enjoyed wonderful care and opportunities to socialize at the nursing home. Paul passed away May 30, 2013 and Emlyn continued to live a charitable lifestyle until her death June 25, 2018.

To Paul and Emlyn, six children were born. She leaves to mourn: Alice (Howard) Cross, Bloomington, IN, Doug (Marge) Frazeur, Canby, Curt (Lisa) Frazeur, Lennox, SD, Linda (Jon) Gaugert, Alexandria, Andrea (Allan) Johnson and Stu (Renee) Frazeur, Canby;  21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, Sam and Emma, and her siblings, Kenneth Knutson, Jenora Knutson, Viola Frieberg, Irene Swenson, Ethel Knutson and Lloyd Knutson.
We thank God for the life of Emlyn Frazeur.

The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Canby, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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