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Theone Westlund - May 04, 2013


Theone E. Westlund went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2013, at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center.
Theone was born Oct. 5, 1918, on the family farm in Keene to Ernest and Adina (Paulsen) Wendell.
After graduating from Wilcox High School and then Trinity Bible Institute, Theone married Rev. Lester P. Westlund on July 25, 1941, at the Keene Evangelical Free Church.
Pastoring churches in Arthur, and Sioux City, Iowa and on to Staten Island, N.Y., Theone served her family as wife, pastor’s wife, and mother of daughters Marlene and Donna.
In 1958 the family moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where Lester served as secretary of overseas missions for the Evangelical Free Church of America until retirement in 1980. In addition to working at the EFCA Beacon Bookstore, Theone graciously hosted scores of missionaries and missionary families in her home. During those years, she had the opportunity to travel with her husband visiting our Free Church missionaries in countries around the world.
She is survived by daughter, Donna (Wally) Hamann of Rockford, Ill.; grandchildren, John (Dana) Hamann of Cary, Ill., Robert (Kelly) Hamann of Lombard, Ill., and Gregory (Rachel) Hamann of Cary, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren (the delights of her heart); sisters, Mary Ann (Carol Dean) Erickson, Ardell Campbell, Carol Jean (Roger) Wells; and sister-in-law, Mary Wendell.
She is preceded in death by loving husband of 66 years Lester (2007); daughter, Marlene Westlund; and brother, Milford Wendell.
Theone has been especially blessed with many loving nieces and nephews.
Special thanks are given to Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center for their care for Theone during her last days.
Funeral services will take place at the Keene Evangelical Free Church in Keene at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10 with the Rev. Matthew Snell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Keene Church.