Louella C. Budahn was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Stowe Prairie Township, Minn., and was later raised in rural Hewitt and Wadena, Minn.
After graduation, she worked for Ma Bell Phone Company for 36 years, retiring in 1985. Lou moved to St. Cloud, and from there moved back to the Wadena-Hewitt area to be closer to family. Lou also survived the Wadena tornado in 2010.
She passed away in Elk River on Sept. 25, 2012, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Loved and missed, she is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Anna; brothers, Gordon and Robert; and sister, Lucille. She is survived by sister, Leora (Rick); many nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Her funeral service was 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School St. in Elk River, with visitation from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Interment was at Wadena Cemetery. Proceedings were handled by Dare's Funeral Home.