Audrey Joanne Sevald, 72, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Pioneer Memorial Center in Erskine, MN.
Audrey was born on November 9, 1948 in Crookston, MN to Perry and Tillie (Olson) Sevald. She was the youngest of four children. She was baptized and confirmed at Faaberg Lutheran Church in Rindal, MN. She grew up on the family farm east of Fertile, MN. Audrey attended Willow Creek Country School and graduated from Fertile High School in 1966. She graduated from Moorhead State College with a teaching degree in Home Economics. She taught for a year and went on to earn her master’s degree in nutrition from NDSU. She worked at General Mills in Minneapolis, during which time she also earned a master’s in finance at the University of Minnesota. She worked for Toro Manufacturing but returned to General Mills. It was at this time that Audrey met and married Loren Blackstad on September 16, 2000. They lived in the Twin Cities and Clearwater, MN. Loren passed away in 2017. Audrey moved into Fair Meadow Assisted Living in Fertile in August 2016. In December 2018, Audrey moved to Pioneer Memory Care in Erskine.
Audrey is survived by her brothers, Arvid (Elaine) Sevald and Ray (Lynda) Sevald of Fertile, MN. She had four nephews: Aaron (Kristie) Timis of Shoreline, WA; Brian (Amber) Sevald, Victoria, MN; Mike (Kristin) Sevald, Fargo, ND; as well as many great-nieces and nephews. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents Tillie and Perry Sevald; husband Loren Blackstad; and sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Arnie Timss. A private family graveside service will be held at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN at a later date.