Lillian Eastvold

Lillian Eastvold, age 86, of Blue Earth, MN, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Patton Funeral Home with Rev. Daren Barnett officiating. Visitation time was held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was at United Lutheran Church in Frost.

Lillian was born on December 18, 1934 in Crosby, MN, the daughter of Inmar and Anna (Johnson) Engelby. She graduated from Rake High School and then went on to marry, Jacob “Jake” Eastvold. Together they raised three children and farmed south of Buffalo Center until retiring in 1985. Jake and Lillian moved to Blue Earth, MN in 1986 and stayed there permanently. Jake passed away in 2007, and Lillian continued to stay in their home until her recent passing.

Lillian enjoyed cooking and baking; she was famous for her decadent cupcakes. She also liked to can vegetables in the summer. She was a long-time member of Grant Lutheran Church outside of Woden. Lillian taught Sunday School for many years, forming wonderful, lifelong bonds with her students who would keep in touch with her long after their Sunday school days. She and Jake enjoyed traveling locally in their RV, as well as taking trips to Norway, California, and the Black Hills, just to name a few. Most importantly, Lillian cherished her family and her faith, both being very important aspects in her life. She was a long time member of Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Blue Earth, MN.

Left to hold dear of such wonderful memories are her children: Shari VanGerpen of Blue Earth, and Sandi (Kieran) Kane of San Mateo, CA. Her grandchildren: Scott VanGerpen, Adam VanGerpen, Jeremiah VanGerpen and Jennifer (Aaron) Bromeland, Tom (Emma) Eastvold and Kendra (Kevin) Hanson, and Katlin Kane and Bryan Kane; as well as several great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild: and extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Inmar and Anna Johnson; her husband, Jake; son, Ron Eastvold; grandson, Justin VanGerpen; brother, Roy Engelby; and sister, Ellen Wolff.

Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, MN, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at




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