Memorial Service Planned for Elaine Ahlstedt

SPRING VALLEY, CA (July 18, 2011) – A memorial service is being planned for Elaine (Lundstrom) Ahlstedt, 91, widow of Evangelical Covenant Church minister Jerome Ahlstedt. No date has been set.

Ahlstedt died June 29 at Mt. Miguel Covenant Village in Spring Valley.

She was born August 8, 1919, in Rockford, Illinois. She graduated from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and North Park Junior College in Chicago, Illinois.

The couple was married June 14, 1944. He died in 2002.

She served alongside her husband at First Covenant Church in Bessemer, Pennsylvania; Fairfield Evangelical Covenant Church in Haxtun, Colorado; Salem Covenant Church in Duluth, Minnesota; North Haven Evangelical Covenant Church Cuyahoga Falls, Minnesota; Evangelical Covenant Church of Oberlin, Kansas; and First Covenant Church of Peoria, Illinois. They also served churches in Portland, Oregon, and Graham, Washington.

Ahlstedt was interred in Bessemer, where her husband also is buried. She is survived by her son, Mark.

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  1. Mark & family/friends:

    How well I remember those years when your Dad and Mom served our congregation in Duluth, MN. They were not only just my pastor and his wife, but became special friends. After their departure from Salem/Duluth I felt an emptiness in my life because of how much their ministry here mattered. Hearing now of your mom’s death I am reminded again of how much they mattered and what a great influence they had on my life as well as that of my wife, Nancy. God bless their memory and may God’s peace rest within you during these days when you reflect on what a great witness to God’s love and grace was made evident everywhere they ever ministered. May God bless you and sustain you and guide you in every in these days.

    Ed & Nancy McGrew – Salem Covenant Church – Duluth, Minnesota

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