Mrs. L. J. Stratton, who has been a resident of Odebolt since her marriage, and who has been a great sufferer for many years passed from this life at her home on Willow street Monday afternoon, June 5, 1933.
Her death did not come as a surprise to her family and friends, inasmuch as she had been in a critical condition for several weeks, and death came to her as a blessed release from pain.
Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 o'clock yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Aston Linder, who has been pastor of the Odebolt and Bethel Lutheran churches. The pastor spoke from the text, Hebrew 4-9-11. Bayard Lundell sang "Abide With Me", and a quartet, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Linman, Mrs. Herbert Tuneberg, and Henry Tuneberg, sang, "The Old Rugged Cross."
She was laid to rest in the Odebolt cemetery, with Walter and Reuben Buller, and Arthur Jacobson, of Kiron, and Ed England, I. M. Selby, and Emil Huebner, acting as bearers.
Elvira Ethel Norelius was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Norelius. She was born in Old Kiron April 4, 1892, and at her death had reached the age of forty-one years, two months and one day.
She grew to womanhood in Kiron, attending college in Sioux Falls in 1909-1910, later teaching in rural schools near Kiron.
She was united in marriage with Dr. L. J. Stratton June 30, 1913, and since that time her home has been in Odebolt. Although she has suffered much in these later years, she has always been cheerful and courageous, never complaining, but always thoughtful of others, a good wife and mother. She was a great reader, as long as her health permitted, and was well informed on many topics of the day.
Two children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Stratton, Pauline Elizabeth, at home, and Lewis Raymond, who died in infancy.
Those who are left to mourn are: her husband and daughter, her parents, of Kiron; five brothers, Archie O. Norelius of Omaha; Raymond of Denver; Brian, Quenton and Ralph, of Kiron; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Lundell of Kiron, and Miss Elizabeth Norelius of Des Moines; also Mr. and Mrs. Otis Stratton, her husband's parents, to whom she has been a real daughter. She leaves many other relatives and friends, among whom is the late Dr. Erik Norelius, one of the pioneer pastors, author, missionary, and one of the most illustrious men of the Lutheran Augustana Synod of North America.
The family have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement.
Members of the family from a distance who came for the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Norelius of Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Archie Norelius of Omaha, and Miss Elizabeth Norelius of Des Moines.
There were a large number of relatives and friends from Kiron
and vicinity, who were here for the service.