Edna JuhalaOn Wednesday, Feb. 6, Edna Juhala quietly passed away.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Edna Juhala quietly passed away.
She was born on Sept. 5, 1920, in Trygg Township, Burleigh County. She was the youngest daughter of Emil and Mathilda Erickson.
Edna married Raymond Juhala on Oct. 2, 1937. After graduating from Wing High School in 1938 and having passed the State Teachers Exam, she and Raymond began their teaching careers in rural schools in Morton County.
Raymond loved farming so they rented a farm near Wing and tried farming; however this adventure didn’t last long and they were back in the classroom.
Summer vacations were spent in college finishing their college degrees. While living in New Salem, Edna taught in an area rural school.
In 1948 and 1949, Edna and Raymond taught in Medina. During both school years, Edna taught a combined first- and second-grade classroom with 44 eager students.
From 1950 to 1960, Raymond was the superintendent of the Taylor School District and Edna was one of the staff members. She taught fifth- and sixth-grade for seven years and one year of high school English and German.
In 1950, she went to Dickinson State Teachers College and finished her Standard Teaching Credential and in 1958, she returned to college to finish her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in English and a minor in Social Studies and German.
From 1960 until her retirement in 1978, Edna was a Humanities Instructor for the University of North Dakota, Williston Center. Eleven days after Edna and Raymond retired, Raymond passed away.
During the following 10 years, Edna would divide her time between her home in Williston and her daughters’ homes in Fresno, Calif.
In 1989, she sold her home in Williston and moved to Fresno. Edna became a very active member of Hope Lutheran Church.
She enjoyed the Philharmonic, Second Space and traveling with her new found friends. Getting to watch her great-grandchildren grow and mature was of great joy to her.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Bertha Magnus and Elmie Ross, and her husband, Raymond.
She leaves behind her daughter, Daphne Garrett and husband Jack and her daughter Bonnie Ness. She also leaves her two granddaughters, Stephanie Bennett and husband Allen and Meredith Fennacy and husband John and her great-grandchildren Jordan, Zachary, Jacob, and Lily Bennett and Logan and Blaine Fennacy.
A memorial service was held at Hope Lutheran Church, 364 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juhala Scholarship Fund would be appreciated. They can be sent to Williston State College, Juhala Scholarship Fund, 1410 University Ave, Williston ND 58801.
A friend best summed up Edna’s spirit, “She will always be with us — her gentle way, strong, loving and with that unforgettable smile.”
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