October 28, 1922 - July 22, 2015


Services celebrating the life of Allegra Hannah Sjurseth, age 92, of Albany, will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farming. Pastor Frederick Kutter will officiate and burial will take place in the church cemetery. Allegra passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning after a brief illness. There will be a visitation from 4:00-8:00 PM on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany and again after 10:00 AM Monday at the church. Arrangements are being made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, Albany.

Allegra was born at home in Farming Township on October 28, 1922 to Otto and Clara (Jopp) Lemke. She was raised with three siblings in the Farming area. On September 12, 1942, she married Arthur Sjurseth at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farming and their union welcomed three sons. They lived for 30 years in Hope, ND where Allegra worked as a clerk in a clothing store in addition to being a homemaker. Allegra's children remember her canning, baking pies, and sewing their clothes. After Arthur's death, she returned to Albany to care for her elderly mother. Allegra was active in both of her parishes, ND and MN, where she belonged to the Ladies' Aide and taught Sunday school for years at each church. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends and socializing at fish frys. Allegra was a kind, loving, and giving woman. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farming.

Allegra is survived by her sons Dan (Louise "Pat) Sjurseth, Albany; Allen (Sonia) Sjurseth, Pelican Rapids; Keith (Jean) Sjurseth, Sauk Centre; her sister Ardella Kjelstad, Red Wing; and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clara and Otto, her husband of 35 years Arthur in 1987, her brother Erhard Lemke, her sister Adeline Campbell, her brother-in-law Robert Kjelstad, and sister-in-law Pat Bjorklund.