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Sara ‘Toots’ M. Ellstrom

BAXTER — Sara “Toots” M. Ellstrom, 96, of Baxter, died on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Private interment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Brainerd.

Sara was born on July 27, 1915, in Shevlin, Minn., to Conrad and Annetta (Volden) Julin. Sara and her parents later moved to Bagley, Minn. She was united into marriage with Alfred Ellstrom on Aug. 26, 1939, in Bagley, Minn. Sara and Alfred moved to Brainerd in 1942. She was a homemaker and worked at Vans Cafe and A&W as a cook for 16 years. Sara was a member of First Lutheran Church in Shevlin. She enjoyed craft work, knitting, making quilts, and crocheting.

Sara is survived by Sandra (Alfred) Wilette, of Sun City, Ariz., Evelynne (Clayton) Robinson, of Baxter, Minn., and Douglas (Sandra) Ellstrom, of Lakeland, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Sara was preceded in death by her parents, John Conrad and Annetta; and her husband, Alfred; two brothers, Clifford and Elmer; and seven sisters, Hazel, Edna, Myrtle, Martha, Lonnie, Thelma, and Elda. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.

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