Angaila (Gail) Ilene Essig

Angaila (Gail) Ilene Essig, age 99 of Springfield died on December 26, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Visitation will be on Monday, January 14, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Service will be held at the St. John Lutheran Home at 11:00 am on Monday
The clergy will be Chaplain Noel Wetter.
Interment will be at the Springfield City Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.
On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Angaila (Gail) Ilene (Todnem) Essig was born August 9, 1919 to I.A. Todnem and Anna Caroline Christenson in Underwood Township in Milroy in Redwood County. They moved in 1921 to a farm near Seaforth and lived there 7 years and then moved to Sleepy Eye. She graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1936 and from the Teachers’ Training Department in 1937 and took summer sessions at St. Cloud State College to get her 2-year teaching degree. She taught school at Fort Ridgely for 4 years and Iberia 2 years. She was united in marriage on June 6, 1943 to Alvin Essig at the Evangelical Church in Sleepy Eye. They moved to the family farm near Sanborn. She was a member of the Red Rock Evangelical Church and when they retired they joined the United Methodist Church in Springfield where she was active in the church teaching Sunday School, UMW Bible Study and Mary Circle. She also worked at the Sanborn State Bank and volunteered at St. John’s Lutheran Home in the activity department. She was a member of the Sanborn Craft Club, Sanborn and Springfield Golf Courses and the 500 Card Club. After Alvin’s death in 1999 she moved to Cottonwood Ridge Apartments and lived there until 2016 when she moved to St . John’s Circle of Care.

Gail is survived by her children: Merlin (Linda) Essig of Rochester MN, Rodney (Shary) Essig of Nashville, TN, and Barbara (Larry) Bushard of Longmont, CO: 5 grandchildren Jason Essig, James (Laurie) Essig, Gregory (Masha) Essig, Alana Essig, and Elyse Angaila Bushard: 7 Great Grandchildren: Tyler, Jordan, Nathan, Kayla, Brady, Brenna, and Regan Angaila Essig.

Gail was preceded in death by her husband Alvin in 1999; 1 sister and 3 brothers.

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