Emma Kirkwold (Kirkevold) Smedstad Obituary (including all typographical errors), reported in the Starbuck Times, August 10, 1944

Funeral Rites Held For Mrs. B. O. Smedstad

Funeral services for Mrs. B. O. Smedstad, esteemed and beloved resident of White Bear Lake township, were held at the Indherred church, Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3, 1944 at 2 o'clock. Rev. G. O. Forde officiated. Rev. Melville Braaten of Ruthton, Minnesota, spoke in behalf of the family. A brief service was held at the home at 1:30 o'clock. Rev. G. O. Forde sang two hymns, "Lead Kindly Light," and Despair Not, O Soul, in Thy Sorrow." At the church the Indherred choir sang, "Asleep in Jesus." Leo Sylvester sang, "I'm But A Stranger Here," and " Den Store Hvide Flok Vi Se," accompanied by Mrs. G. O. Forde at the organ, who also played for the services.

Mrs. Smedstad died at her home on Sunday July 30, 1944 of apoplexy, from which she suffered several strokes. After the second stroke she was left completely helpless in a most pitiful condition. She was only able to move her head. She had the loving care of her children, who would take turns to be with her during the weeks of her illness.

Emma Kirkwold Smedstad was born Dec. 20, 1881 of the parents, Thrond and Marit Kirkwold at Mabel, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church there. The family moved to Starbuck, where she was united in the bonds of Holy matrimony to B. O. Smedstad on Sept. 8, 1904 by the late Rev. N. Forde. Mr. Smedstad passed away in March 1938. The following children were born to this union and are left to mourn the loss of a dear mother: Odell, Starbuck, living on the old Knut Gorder farm; Myrtle, Mrs. Jos. Kleber of Cold Springs, Minn., Maxwell of Hoffman; Lt. (jg) Raymond, U. S. Navy; Edmund of Minneapolis; Franklin, on the home farm; Sgt. Vernon of the U. S. Army and Gladys at home. She was also survived by three brothers: Thomas Kirkwold of Oswego, Oregon; C. T. Kirkwold and Gustav Kirkwold of Starbuck, two brothers and two sisters have preceded her in death. There are twelve grandchildren.

Mrs. Smedstad was a loving, kind Christian mother and will be missed dearly by her family. She was a member of the Indherred congregation and took an active part in all the activities and organizations, as long as her health permitted her.

Pallbearers were her five sons, Odell, Maxwell, Edmund, Franklin and Sgt. Vernon Smedstad and her son-in-law, Jos. Kleber.

Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Rev. and Mrs. Melville Braaten of Ruthton, Minn; Mrs. Mathilda Braaten, Mrs. Paul Enderle, Mrs. Maurice Engstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Smedstad all of Minneapolis; Mrs. Frank Bamgaartner, Chicago; Mrs. Alphons Zins, Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Graham, Mrs. Ferdie Lacher of St. Cloud and Sgt. Vernon Smedstad, Long Island, New York and many other relatives from the surrounding towns. Lt. (jg) Raymond Smedstad, U. S. Navy, was home at the time of his mother's death, but failed to receive an extension of his leave to be present at the funeral. He sent the following memorial in memory of his beloved mother, which was read at the obsequies:


Thank God for our mother. No sacrifice was to great for her. Her prayers, we know, helped us through difficulies and dangers. When God saw fit to take our dad away she comforted and guided us, and carried on and perhaps prayed more ardently.

God bless her going out and her coming in and forever give her peace.

Her son, Raymond

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