Aggie Randall

randall picAggie Randall, 69, of Baltic, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Health Center.  Her funeral service  was at 10:00 a.m. in the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids on Friday, December 1, 2017 with Pastor Dave Severtson officiating. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation was at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Aggie Randall was born on February 11, 1948 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands to Jack & Pat (Jellema) Zylstra. She came to America with her parents and sister when she was two years old, landing in Parker, SD. She attended schools in Jefferson and Sioux Falls, SD until settling in Dell Rapids when she was in the 6th grade. She met her husband Dan, the love of her life, at 15 years old when he walked her home from a school dance. In high school she was a varsity cheerleader for 4 years, graduating in 1966. Following graduation, she married Dan on October 16, 1966 and they started their family right away, working together on the family farm. She was active in the farming operation as chief bean walker, field hand, chore helper and cook, all the while balancing her responsibilities as a loving wife and mother—a staunch supporter of any and all of her children’s extracurricular activities.

Aggie & Dan were avid snowmobilers in the early years going on trips with family and friends.  She also spent time in the pit crew while Dan raced snowmobiles and competed in tractor and pickup pulls. She taught Sunday School when her children were small and helped out in their classrooms throughout elementary school. She loved getting together with her friends and family, and enjoyed laughing with them, and at them when appropriate. Because she was a butcher’s daughter, she appreciated a fine cut of meat, especially when shared with family and friends. When the grandchildren arrived and began playing in sports, she brought out her cheerleading skills and became their biggest fan letting out a WHOOT, WHOOT when earned.  Aggie was the most proud of her children and grandchildren and was a constant source of encouragement and guidance to all of them as they grew. She loved her family fiercely.

The past decade has seen Aggie pursue an interest in quilting. She began with a 2nd hand sewing machine and small projects which grew into quilt masterpieces that she generously shared with those around her. She was most comfortable in a sweatshirt and sweatpants meticulously quilting small pieces of fine fabric into great works of art.

She is survived by her husband, Dan of Dell Rapids, daughter, Angie (Mike) Brown of Dell Rapids and their children, Allyson, Mikayla and Evan; daughter, Danette Randall of Victoria, TX and her son, Kelly (Jamie) Randall of Dell Rapids, and their children, Luke and Sophia; her sister, Nellie Brende of Sioux Falls and her brother, Jon (Kate) Zylstra of Lawrence, KS and her extended family and many friends.

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