LILA BLATTNER, age, 90, of Anoka, formerly of Luverne, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Park River Estates in Anoka. She was born in Kanaranzi on April 12, 1929 to Richard and Jenny (Hughes) Harding. At the age of 4 her family moved to Hardwick MN when her father took a job as the Hardwick School janitor for $45.00 a month. Lila lived during the Great Depression, but described a wonderful childhood. "We had a huge garden, chickens, a couple of cows and once in a while a pig. We did not get anything new, all used, but we were happy and had fun. We gardened, did chores, took care of the chickens and helped in the barn. We got a nickel on Children's Day to buy ice cream (which she loved) and 3 or 4 tickets for free rides. Such fun! We went on picnics and sometimes on the long trip to Haywarden, Iowa to visit my grandparents. Visiting family was an event!" Lila was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Margaret, Jeanette, James, and Glen. Richard (Sharon) Harding currently resides in Ellendale, MN.
In 1942 Lila moved to Minneapolis when her father took a war job making gun sights. Following the war, they moved to Nevis and Lila graduated from Akely High School in 1947. She worked at a resort until it closed in the fall and then moved to Luverne. Lila worked in the Luverne Creamery and at the Rock County Courthouse prior to her marriage to Ernie Blattner in 1949. They had 4 children, Marilyn Blattner, Kathy (Chuck) Davis, Harley Blattner, Gary (Diane) Blattner.
Lila was an avid bowler winning the MN State Bowling Tournament in 1964 taking home a $500 prize and a 3 foot trophy. She also loved to crochet and was known for her skill at making Angels. She enjoyed any type of crafts and was a Girl Scout leader. Lila helped Ernie in the body shop as the parts runner and bookkeeper until his death in 1970. Following the graduation of her children, Lila eventually moved to Anoka to be closer to them. After 11 years at Target Corp, she retired at 60. One of her favorite pastimes included watching golf on TV, especially her favorite golfer, Tiger!
Lila has 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by Ernie, who died in 1970 at a Rock Rapids gun shoot, her daughter, Marilyn in 2013 and one grandson. Lila had a deep faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and the life ever after.
Memorial service will be 11:30 am Monday, July 8, 2019, at the Dingmann Funeral Home, in Luverne, officiated by Pastor Gary Klatt. A time of fellowship will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial of cremains will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
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