Jeanette Braastad, age 88, of Ham Lake died September 25, 2021 at home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 1st at Glen Cary Lutheran Church, 15531 Central Ave NE, Ham Lake. A visitation will be held from 5:00 P. M. – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, September 30th also at Glen Cary Lutheran Church and also one hour prior to the funeral Friday at church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Jeanette E. Braastad was born November 5, 1932 in Litchfield, Minnesota to Edwin and Abbie (Olson) Grundahl. She was raised on the family farm in Dassel, Minnesota where they did not have indoor plumbing. On November 27, 1954 she married Kenneth Braastad and they have made their home in Ham Lake since 1958. Jeanette worked for the Billy Graham Organization in Minneapolis, made pies for restaurant, was secretary at Glen Cary for 16 ½ years, and in 1975 they opened Braastad Nursery and Floral in Ham Lake. In addition to helping with the family businesses Jeanette was a foster parent and an active member of the community and Glen Cary Lutheran Church. Being involved in the community was important to her and she will be dearly missed by many. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, singing in church and Sweet Adeline’s, playing piano, trumpet and horn, and traveling. One of her favorite past times was watching the Twins baseball and going to her grandchildren activities.
Jeanette passed away September 25, 2021 at home at the age of 88 years, 10 months and 20 days. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth; her parents, Edwin and Abbie (Olson) Grundahl, father & mother-in law Archie and Seraphine Braastad, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rudy and Angeline Kientz, Harold and Howard Braastad, Douglas Atkins, Shirley Braastad and Betty Grundahl.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Gary (Robin) Braastad; daughters, Kathryn Taylor, and Lois (Garry) Carter; grandchildren, Majesta, Zachary, Shane (Ariana), Lindsey (Matt), Ross (Sam), Shandra (Paul), Amie (Peter), Mercedes (Adam), Marita (Rob), Nick (Katie) and Kenstad; great-grandchildren. Madison, Nolan, Jayce, Archer, Otto, Henrik, Natalia, Myles, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Ava, Elijah, Ambroze, Estrella, Silver, Grevic and Aleila; brother, Curtis Grundahl and many other relatives and friends.
Lynn Anderson says
Oh my, she was a mighty warrior for Jesus. She always smiled, was so kind to everyone. We will all miss her.
Mike & Diane Olson says
Jeannette was always so kind and her smile would light up the room. We would see her at the nursery and singing in Sweet Adelines. Ham Lake will certainly miss this fine lady.
Virg Kost says
Jeanette was the kindest most loving woman! Her smile and positive attitude could light up a room. My mom was one of her best friends and now they are reunited!
Judy Wicklander says
Jeanette was an inspiration to everyone who knew her of how to face adversity with courage. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for all.
Jerry and Marlene Stone says
Jeanette was a lovely lady.
My favorite time with her was having coffee after church and talking about our grandchildren.
Her smile would light up a room and she was so very kind to all. Love her
Jeannette was everybody’s mom, grandma and great grandma! She was truly one of the kindest person – so grateful to have known her! Hugs to her family
Marla Johnsin says
All who knew her loved her. She was beautiful inside and out. Our chorus has lost a wonderful, warm, caring, and funny woman. She will be so missed.
Paula Carlson says
Jeanette decorated the most wonderful cakes, was great at teaching so many how to play the piano and instilled the love of music to a lot also. Her smile and kind soul will always be remembered. Godspeed, Aunt Jeanette!
Shawna Berg says
Jeanette was such a sweet lady. I just learned of her passing, I wish I had known, I would have loved to have been at her service. Much love to you all as you celebrate her life and remember her. She was such a good friend to my grandparents Daryl and Adeline over the years.