Enid Burkholder, 88


Waconia – Enid Carolyn Nysetvold was born September 2, 1934, to Ole and Mina (Aasgaard) Nysetvold of Twin Valley. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran, a church her father built. She grew up with her four brothers and five sisters and graduated from Twin Valley High School. Enid worked in various caretaking and health care roles during her life. She was an in-home childcare provider, a nursing, kitchen, home health and clinic aide, and an administrative assistant for a county health agency.

Enid married Phillip O. Myrold on December 26, 1958 at Zion Lutheran in Twin Valley. Enid and Phil traveled with the Navy to Oakland, CA and Yokosuka, Japan while Phil served. Born unto Enid and Phil were three daughters, Kathryn Louise (1959, Oakland, CA), Kari Lynn (1961, Fargo, ND) and Kirsten Enid (1964, Crookston). Enid and Phil raised their daughters in the Red River Valley eventually settling in Thief River Falls.

After Phil’s death, Enid met and married Lloyd K. Burkholder. They resided in Scotland, PA for twenty years. Enid became a European traveler accompanying Lloyd on various choir tours with the Towne Singers to Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France, and Belgium among others. Enid and Lloyd traveled the United States in their motorhome and cruised the Alaskan coast on a ship. They also traveled to MN numerous times to visit and help with her daughter’s families which were growing and providing them with many loving grandchildren.

More recently, Enid became a great-grandmother on her 87th birthday. Following Lloyd’s death Enid moved to Two Harbors. There she became “super grandma” to Kirsten’s children involving herself in many of their activities as well as her own through the Peacemaker’s quilting group at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, grocery shopping for the homebound and calling bingo.

Enid had many sewing talents, but none more special than her quilting, having made marriage quilts for her daughters and a personal one for each grandchild upon their high school graduation. Enid was also a master knitter and family and friends were the beneficiaries of mittens, scarves, sweaters, blankets, and washcloths throughout her years.
Enid’s legacy, and perhaps most cherished talent, was baking and overseeing the annual Christmas cookie bake while teaching her daughters and grandchildren to make lefse, krumkake, rosettes, spritz, and various Scandinavian goodies. As the day drew to a close Enid could be found solving the Wheel of Fortune phrases and completing the daily Sudoku puzzle while watching the MN Twins or the Hallmark channel and reruns of “The Golden Girls.”

Enid’s unfailing faith took her to heaven on December 16, 2022. Her daughters were by her side and she was in the care of the loving staff at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia.

Enid is survived by her daughters, Kari Schwinghammer (Loren) and Kirsten Cruikshank (Dan); seven grandchildren, Abigail, Lauren (Chekwas Isaiah), Kyja, Madeleine (David Catsinas and great-granddaughter, Lauralyn), Owen, Rosalie and Reed; and three sisters, Loanna Wagstrom, Judith Pfaff, and Dorothy Hammer (Robert). In addition to her parents and husbands; Enid was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathryn (Myrold) Omdahl; a stepson, Daniel Burkholder; a step-grandson, Darrell Burkholder; four brothers, Miles, Orwin, Paul and Arnt; and two sisters, Gladys and Iona.

Service to be held Friday, March 24, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church, Twin Valley, at 1 p.m. with visitation prior to service starting at 11 a.m. Luncheon will follow the service. A private burial will be held after the service alongside Phil’s resting place in Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.

The family extends a special thank you to Enid’s friends at New Perspective, Waconia; Pastor Ben Stewart, the Peacemaker’s quilting group and other friends at Emmanuel Lutheran and her friends on Laura Lane in Two Harbors; the healthcare staff, Chaplain Gayle, and comfort care staff at Ridgeview and the healthcare staff at St. Luke’s Homecare, and the Lakeview Clinic and Hospital in Two Harbors.

Memorials may be sent to the family via the funeral home and will be used for the establishment of a nursing scholarship in the name of Kathryn Louise Myrold Omdahl.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. 952-442-2121 www.johnsonfh.com

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