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Edna Savig

Oct. 13, 1914-March 16, 2009

Former Rollag resident Edna M. Savig, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 16, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Edna Mae Green was born to Clarence and Mabel (Charles) Green on Oct. 13, 1914 in Pawanee, Ill. When Edna was a small child, her family moved to Tovey, Ill., where her dad worked in a coal mine. It was in Tovey that Edna graduated from high school.

Following graduation, Edna did housework for a family and worked in a restaurant. She later worked in a factory in Chicago, Ill., assembling speedometers. When the factory shut down, she went to work for the Rudis' family, where she took care of a baby and a mentally handicapped boy for 10 years. During World War II, Edna worked on the assembly line of a defense factory for three years. When the war was over, she returned to work for the Rudis' family.

Edna married Harold Savig on Nov. 9, 1949 at First Lutheran Church on LaSalle Street in Chicago, Ill. They honeymooned in Arkansas, where Harold benefited from the salt baths there. Harold had just come out of the hospital. He had been ill with malaria and pneumonia from the war effort. The couple lived on Berry Street in Chicago for 16 years, in Wauconda, Ill., for 17 years and in Detroit Lakes for 26 years. Harold died in 1994 and Edna entered Emmanuel Nursing Home in 2008.

Edna enjoyed delivering meals at Pleasantview Apartments in Detroit Lakes and volunteering at St. Mary's Hospital, which she did for many years.

Surviving Edna are 18 nieces and nephews; 58 grandnieces and nephews; 104 great grandnieces and nephews; and 15 great great-grandnieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Ruby Green. In addition to her husband, Harold, she was preceded in death by her parents; four siblings, Crystella Clark, Delbert Green, Elsie Foster and Buenta Green; three nephews, Percy Olson, Roger Savig and Robert Savig; a niece, June Woodard; and a grandnephew, Daniel Savig.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; there will be a prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, March 23 at Rollag Lutheran Church, Rollag, with the Rev. Jim Greene officiating. Interment will be in Rollag Lutheran Cemetery.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. An online guestbook is available at