It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Beverly Ann Hamblin. She passed away peacefully at home, with her children by her side, on Wednesday morning August 15, 2018, at the age of 85.
Beverly was born on September 2, 1932, to Edward and Christine (Luckason) Redalen in Lanesboro, Minn. where she was raised and participated in many school and church events, including marching band, choir and plays. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1950 and attended Winona State University, where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree. On June 13, 1953, Beverly married F. James Hamblin at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro. They then lived in Richfield until moving back to his hometown of Northfield in 1968, when Jim accepted a position as an elementary school principal. Jim passed away unexpectedly December 31, 1984. Beverly continued her education and obtained her Advanced Degree in Special Education. Beverly taught at Washington Elementary and Sibley Elementary, where she loved working with “her kids” with special learning needs for over 30 years. She retired in 1999, but continued as a volunteer Assessment Specialist for Sibley School and St. Dominic’s School for a number of years.
Beverly was an active member at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, the P.E.O. Chapter G and her much loved bridge clubs. She enjoyed entertaining, walking, birds, music, traveling, reading, and was an avid Vikings fan. Her special joy was spending time surrounded by her family. She was a kind, generous, loving and amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her son Scott and daughter-in-law Christine Hamblin, of Northfield; her daughter Jill St. Croix and son-in-law Ron Stenzel, of Glendale, Ariz.; four grandchildren: Larisa Jenrich (Mike Hohrman) of Nerstrand, Krisha (Brandon) Sullivan of Eden Prairie, Shanna (Brian) Rapp of Cannon Falls, and James (Kaylee) Hamblin of Northfield. She was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren: Madison, Ty, Bode, Axel, Abel, Ansel, Stella and Soren. Her surviving siblings are Elaine (Steve) Olson of Kalispell, Mont., Edward (Joan) Redalen of Des Moines, Iowa, Diane (Alex) Geha of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Richard (Sandi) Redalen, of Goodyear, Ariz. She also had many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister Jacqueline Friese.
Celebration of her amazing life will be held September 29 at 11 a.m. at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, with remembrance time following.
Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair northfieldhospital.org/hospital-auxiliary, or to the preservation of the Northfield Depot northfielddepot.org, or your local P.E.O. Chapter.
Arrangements are with Benson & Langehough Funeral Home: www.northfieldfuneral.com.