Leah Joyce (Seaton) Brolsma, 92, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Friday evening, July 13, 2012 at RiverView Care Center in Crookston. Leah was born in Crookston on July 28, 1919, the daughter of Andrew and Laura (Reser) Seaton. Growing up, Leah attended the Little Brick School House until the eighth grade and graduated from Central High School in 1936. On June 25, 1942, Leah was united in marriage to Allen John Brolsma in Warren, Minnesota. Sadly, Allen passed away in 2004. Shortly after their wedding, Allen and Leah moved to California while Allen completed Army training. Allen was sent overseas during WWII, at which time Leah returned to Crookston and was employed at the AAA office as a secretary until 1954 when she was hired in the office of American Crystal Sugar Co. In 1969, she was employed in recordkeeping at St. Francis Hospital until their closing. Leah, then became the County Secretary for the West Polk County Farm Bureau Office until her retirement in 1983.
Leah was a longtime member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and was active with the Wesley UMW. She also was an active volunteer at the Polk County Historical Society and Museum in Crookston and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Leah was a devoted mom to her four children; Bob, Jim, Nancy, and Scott; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She attended nearly all events her children participated in as they grew up and her grandchildren enjoyed anytime they could spend time with her. She participated in woodworking classes, and was a talented sewer, quilter, and painter. May God bless Leah’s memory.
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Wayne Capistran of Crookston; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Kathy Brolsma of Fairport, NY, Jim and Jan Brolsma of Appleton, WI, and Scott and JoAnn Brolsma of Noblesville, IN; nine grandchildren, Karen Capistran, Kevin (Lorri) Capistran, Katie Capistran, Matt Brolsma, Andy (Kristin) Brolsma, Amy Brolsma, Mike (Amanda) Brolsma, Nora Brolsma, and Claire Brolsma; and four great-grandchildren, Ben and Ella Capistran, and Thomas and Andrew Brolsma. She also leaves behind a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Margaret Brolsma of Minneapolis, MN; sisters-in-law, Charlene Terpstra and Agnes Johnstone, both of Crookston, Sady Newell of Fergus Falls, MN, Jessie Brolsma of Crookston, and Lillian Brolsma of Grand Forks, ND; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Leah is preceded in death by her husband, Allen in 2004; both parents, Andrew and Laura Seaton; baby sister, Edna Seaton; two brothers and their wives, George (Geneva) Seaton and Oren (Edna) Seaton; and two sisters and their husbands, Lucille (Leonard) Kleven and Maude (Charles) Lane.
The funeral service for Leah Brolsma will be held at 10:30AM, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston with the Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour before the funeral.
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