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Obituary for Jarla M. Enstrom

Jarla Merlien (Skadsem-Schmidt) Enstrom, age 82, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at her home in Caledonia with her daughter by her side.
Jarla was born on September 14, 1929, the daughter of Melvin and Elida (Olafson) Skadsem. She was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church of Black Hammer in rural Spring Grove. Jarla was a graduate of Mabel High School and the Minneapolis Business College. She married Gerald H. Schmidt in 1949 in St. Louis Park, Minn., and to this union two children were born, Gary and Vicki. After spending 7 years in Anchorage, Alaska, and selling their general store in Rabbit Creek, Jarla and the children returned to Minnesota where she worked in the secretarial field for many years. In 1963, she married Earl G. Enstrom and they both worked in the Hopkins and Minneapolis area until moving to Caledonia, Minn., in 1978. Jarla worked approximately 15 years as a typesetter for the Caledonia Argus newspaper, as well as a number of years for the Spring Grove Herald. At the age of 73, she began working for Northern Engraving in Spring Grove, Minn. She continued to work there for 2 years until a second bout with breast cancer forced her to retire. Jarla enjoyed bowling, crocheting, hunting, fishing, annual vacations with her husband, Earl, playing cards and especially Michigan Rummy, computer work, and genealogical research.
She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Olson of Caledonia; four grandchildren, Scott and Jason Schmidt, Amy Olson (Mike Regan) and R. Joseph Olson; two great-grandchildren, Miles and Kyrstin Schmidt; many nieces and nephews; one step-nephew, Kenneth (Sandy) Enstrom; and one great-step-nephew, Christopher (Amanda) Enstrom. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Elida Skadsem; her first husband, Gerald; her son, Gary; her husband, Earl; seven brothers, Reuben, Myron, Eldor, Willis, Melvin Jr., Terry, and Dean; two sisters, Eileen and Wanda; two sisters-in-law, Mavis and Evelyn; a niece, Sharon Knutson Gannon and six nephews, Darryl, Donne, Kevin, Jimmy Dean and Randy Skadsem, and Ryan Knutson.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 14, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church of Blackhammer, Blackhammer Township, Houston County, Minn. Rev. Leonard Liptack will officiate. Burial with her husband, Earl's remains will be in the church cemetery. Following the committal service, military honors will be rendered for her husband, Earl. Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia, on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and also at the church on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of service. Online condolences may be sent at