Adeline Johnsrud

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Funeral services for Adeline Johnsrud of Starbuck, Minnesota, will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of  St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck.  Reverend Paul Johnson will be officiating.  Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service on the grounds of St. John's Lutheran Church.  Burial will be at the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Adeline Clarice Lundebrek was the oldest of 17 children born to Adolph and Clara (Gulbrandson) Lundebrek.  She was born on October 28, 1930, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Adeline was raised on a farm in Langhei Township, Pope County.  She was baptized at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church in rural Benson and confirmed at Our Savior’s Church in Benson.  She received her education at District 65 Country School until the 8th grade and then Benson High School until the 11th grade. Adeline made the decision not to finish high school, but to stay home and help her mother care for her younger siblings.  In 1950, Adeline met John “Jackie” Johnsrud at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood.  The two were married on September 29, 1951 at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church in rural Benson.  Following their marriage, they made their home on the farm in White Bear Lake Township where they started and raised their family.  To this union, six children were born. They remained on the farm until moving into Starbuck.  Following Jackie’s death, Adeline became a resident at Minnewaska Lutheran Home where she lived until her death. 

Adeline was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and then Fron Lutheran Church.  She was active in the Ladie’s aide at both churches and taught Sunday school at St. John’s.  She was also a member of the MLH Auxiliary.   She enjoyed sewing, making much of her children’s clothes; gardening, baking – especially her famous sugar cookies, keeping a neat, clean and tidy house, and attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  Most importantly, Adeline’s life always involved caring for others, evident as a young teen and continued until the day she died.  She always made sure that everyone was safe and well fed.  She loved taking care of her family, who, in later years, she lovingly refered to as “her people.”

Adeline died on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.  She was 89 years old.  

She is survived by her six children: Mike (Dodie) Johnsrud of Starbuck, David (Colleen) Johnsrud of Starbuck, JoAn (Richard Dreher) Johnsrud of Glenwood and Gary Johnsrud of Glenwood, Sandy (Keith) Knutson of Benson and Phil (Jennifer) Johnsrud of Starbuck; daughter-in-law, Peggy Shea of Glenwood; grandchildren: Mitch (Mary) Johnsrud of Lowry, Andy (Nicole) Johnsrud of Watertown, MN, Jake Johnsrud of Long Beach, Hollie (John) Brekke of Palas Verdes, CA, Kristie (Mike) McCurdy of Plymouth, Monette (David McDonald) Magrath of Maplewood, NJ, Jen Johnsrud of Cyrus, Jordan Johnsrud of Long Beach, JoElle (Mitch) Grundman of Alexandria, Erica (Adam) Steffes of Sauk Rapids, Chad (Kelsey) Knutson of Benson, Todd Knutson of Benson, Brady (Halle) Johnsrud of Moorhead, Blake (Miriah) Johnsrud of Glenwood, Jackson Johnsrud of Starbuck, Connor Johnsrud of Starbuck and Peyton Johnsrud of Starbuck; great-grandchildren: Cale, Allie and Aubree Johnsrud, Tristan, Landon, and Addison Johnsrud, Maela, Claire, and Colette Brekke, Harrison McCurdy, Finley McDonald, Carter Dinsmore, Skylar Zenner, Harper Twining and Tilla Steffes, Franklin, Elwin, and Calvin Knutson and Clayton Johnsrud; siblings: Clarine Geno of Litchfield, Alden Lundebrek of Starbuck, Lila (Bill) Healy of Eugene, OR, Beatrice Beam of Benson, Lillian (Jon) Hvezda of Council, ID, Oliver Lundebrek of Benson, Ken (LaVonne) Lundebrek of Spicer, Floyd (Carmen) Lundebrek of Lowry, Earl (Vivian) Lundebrek of Lowry, Arlene Quam of Sedan, Carol Simonson of Spicer, and Leroy (Mary Jo) Lundebrek of Starbuck; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Emily Gullickson of Glenwood, Bob (Sandy) Johnsrud of Glenwood, Mary Johnsrud of Ashby, and Anna Johnsrud of Paynesville.  Adeline is preceded in death by her husband, John “Jackie”, parents: Adolph and Clara Lundebrek; special uncle, Carl Lundebrek; sisters: Carol Ann Lundebrek, Glenna Hedum, and Orla Espelien; and brother, Luvern Lundebrek.

Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck is in care of arrangements for Adeline.  To send condolences to the family, on-line, visit 

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