Mrs. Tolef Bagaas, pioneer and respected resident of the Stephen community, died at the farm home in the township of Wanger on Sunday, December 9th, 1945, at 1:00 a.m. following an illness of more than two years’ duration. Mrs. Bagaas, in her 87th year at the time of her death, injured her leg in a fall at her home some two years ago, and since that time she had been bedridden. A heavy cold developed a few days prior to her death, which, no doubt, hastened the end due to infirmities of old age.
Christine Anderson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anders Anderson, was born at Smaaland, Sweden, Feb. 11th, 1859. She attended the public schools in her native land, where she lived until coming to Minnesota in 1894. On Feb. 7, 1896, she was married to Tollef Bagaas, the ceremony taking place in Stephen, and since her marriage she had made her home on the farm in Wanger township
Mrs. Bagaas was a woman of fine Christian virtues. Save for her interest in church work, she devoted her talents largely to homemaking and the welfare of her husband, and children, and was a loving and devoted wife and mother.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, December 12th at the family home at 1:00 o’clock, and from the Salem Lutheran church with Rev. Arvid Larson officiating. Vocal solos were sung at the services by Albert Grandstrand and Rev. Barnes. There were many lovely floral offerings and numerous memorial gifts to give testimony to the esteem in which the departed had been held in her home community. Interment was made in the Salem cemetery.
Surviving Mrs. Bagaas are the bereaved husband and two children: Andrew Bagaas of Stephen, and Gertrude (Mrs. Albert Jacobson) of Hallock, together with ten grandchildren.
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