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Belle Savereide Quinsland Handeland 1881-1937


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/8/2014 at 00:42:19

Handeland Home Is Bereaved
Well Known Local Family Mourns Loss of Widowed Mother – Funeral Services Held Sunday
Mrs. Belle Handeland, widow of Bertel Olai Handeland, died last Thursday [September 16, 1937] evening at six thirty at her home in this city. Mrs. Handeland had been in failing health since suffering a stroke three years ago and her condition became worse about four weeks ago.

Mrs. Handeland was fifty-six years old at the time of her death. She has been a resident of Estherville since her marriage on March 11, 1903. Born Belle Saveride on September 5, 1881 at Goldfield, she was adopted when three years old following the death of her mother by Mr. and Mrs. Tollef Quinsland. She moved with them to Lake Park and grew to womanhood there, and graduated from the high school of that place. After graduation she taught in the public schools of Dickinson county for several years.

Mrs. Handeland had always been an active church worker since her confirmation by Rev. J.O. Arcvk in the Round Lake church. She became a member of the Estherville Lutheran church as soon as she moved to Estherville and funeral services were held from that church Sunday afternoon at two-thirty with the pastor Rev. L.A. Mathre in charge. Interment was made in the Wallingford Lutheran cemetery.

Eight of the ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Handeland survive their mother. They are Mrs. Beulah Matson, Solon Springs, Wisc., Mrs. Melvin Christian, of Ringsted, Oliver, Minneapolis, Mrs. E.A. Griffeth, Wilington, Calif., and Melvin, Helen and Selma of Estherville.

Mr. Handeland died very suddenly last March. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, September 21, 1937)

Handeland Obituary
Belle Savereide Quinsland was born to Sjur and Anna Savereide at Goldfield, Iowa, September 5, 1881. At the age of three and a half years her mother died and she was adopted into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tollef Quinsland. With them she moved to Lake Park, Iowa and grew to womanhood at that place. She was confirmed in the Round Lake church by Rev. J.O. Arevik and graduated from high school at Lake Park. After graduation she taught for several years in the public schools of Dickinson county.

Estherville Residence
On March 11, 1903, she was married to Bertel Olai Handeland. They took up their residence in Estherville and this city has since then been their home. Their union was blessed with ten children, all but two of whom grew to maturity.

Three years ago she suffered from a stroke of some kind due to high blood pressure and for some time she was in a very serious condition. She recovered, however, sufficiently to be up and around, but never regained her former strength. Four weeks ago she had a sinking spell but this also passed by, but she had a feeling that her days were numbered. Last Thursday afternoon she was found unconscious by a daughter returning home from work about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. A doctor and nurse were called but she passed away without regaining consciousness at 6:30 the same evening. Mr. Handeland died very suddenly last March.

Surviving Relatives
The surviving children are: Beulah, wife of Hagbarth Matson, deceased, of Solon Springs, Wisc.; Selma of Estherville; Olga, wife of Melvin Christian of Ringsted; Oliver of Minneapolis; Esther, wife of E.A. Griffeth of Wilmington, Calif.; Helen of Estherville; Melvin of Estherville; and Mabel, wife of Richard Crabtree of Iona, Minn. Two sons, both named Harold Edwin preceded her. One died in 1919 and the other in 1924 at the respective ages of 3 and 2 years.

She is also survived by her foster mother, Mrs. Tollef Quinsland of Duluth, a brother Anfin Savereide of Des Moines and by 5 grandchildren. Her three sisters have also preceded her in death.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home and at 2:30 from the Estherville Lutheran church where she has been a member since coming to Estherville. Interment was made in Lutheran [Norwegian] cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, September 23, 1937)


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