Laddie Lyle Bolstad, 83, of 403 20th Place, S.W., Mason City, IA, passed away peacefully Monday, May 26, 2008, surrounded by his loving family at the IOOF Home in Mason City, IA. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Avenue with Pastor Kathy Graves officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church
Laddie Bolstad was born on July 15, 1924, in West Salem, WI, the son of Lloyd and Laura (Lee) Bolstad on the family farm. On July 18, 1948, Laddie married Joyce Oreanna Almvig in La Crosse, WI. Both being only children lead them to stay in close proximity to their relatives and friends. To this marriage, Laddie and Joyce were blessed with two children, Gary and Cynthia. Laddie graduated from West Salem High School where he was a Basketball letterman and was honored by being selected to attend Boys State. He spent his entire career in Newspapers and Graphic Arts retiring from the University of Minnesota Printing and Graphics, August 1, 1990. After high school, Laddie became an apprentice photoengraver lithographer for the La Crosse Tribune, La Crosse, WI. In 1964, Laddie moved his family to Mason City and became the photoengraver lithographer for the Globe Gazette, a position he held for many years. A perfectionist at his craft, Laddie had created color printing work at the University of Minnesota and for the Artist Terry Redlin. Laddie was deeply spiritual and an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He taught Sunday school for many years. In his life, his faith was the bedrock and that which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He always tried to live on the Promises of God and with death nearing he cherished the Promises made to those who trusted and believed. He loved spending time with his family and he was a blessing to us all. He enjoyed traveling and many years of family fishing vacations. Blessed be his memory. Laddies family would like to thank Hospice and the staff of the IOOF Home for their care throughout this difficult time.
Laddie leaves to mourn his loving and devoted wife Joyce, daughter Cynthia (Jim) Sayles, grandsons Jeffrey Bolstad, William and Benjamin Sayles.
He is preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Laura Bolstad, son Gary and many aunts, uncles and friends.
10:30 AM Thursday, May 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City