Stoughton- Edna Juliette Kaupanger Sand, age 99, passed away at Skaalen Home in Stoughton on Friday, January 6, 2012. Edna was born in rural Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin to Nels and Emma (Aas) Kaupanger on August 24, 1912. She was baptized, confirmed and married in Stoughton's Christ Lutheran Church where she was a member of Bethany Circle and the Quilters group for many years. She attended rural grade school and Stoughton High School graduating in 1931. She graduated from Rock County Normal in Janesville and taught county school at Mount Pleasant, Edgerton, Wisconsin for five years and one year at London State Graded School, London, WI. In 1938 she married Henry Sand of Roanoke, Illinois and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she and Henry started the Cardinal Beauty Supply Company which covered the northwest area. They enjoyed years of fishing in Canada and years of watching all sports. In 1961 the Twins baseball team and the Vikings football team came to Minneapolis and they eagerly became season ticket holders for both. She had seen 21 World Series games (all 7 of the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles games in 1965) and numerous football play-off games. She loved to travel and since her husband was a Eureka College of Illinois classmate of President Ronald Reagan graduating together in 1932, she and Henry attended the first Inaugural Ball as guest of the Reagans and enjoyed many visits with "Dutch" and Nancy. Edna was honored with an honorary degree from the Eureka College in recognition of many years of support. In 1967 she and Henry retired and spent 26 winters in Florida, returning to Vennevoll for the summers where she continued her interests in needlepoint and hardanger. She is survived by a sister, Beatrice Bublitz of Stoughton; special nieces and nephews Kathryn (Pat) Shelley, Sun Prairie; Jane (Michael) Cleary, California; Jeffrey (Barbara) Bublitz, Edgerton; grand nieces and nephews, Lynn (William) Panton, Kevin (Sandra) Shelley, Deanne (Steven) Rohde, Tim (Valerie) Cleary, Erin (Jeremy) Saunders, Jessica Noggle, Jarrod (Stacey) Bublitz, Jacqueline (Travis) Thompson, Jamie Bublitz; and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two brothers, Olaf and Nelson Kaupanger of Stoughton, a sister, Susanna Klinefelter, Deerfield, WI. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Skaalen Chapel, 400 N. Morris St., Stoughton, with the Rev. Paula Geister-Jones officiating. Burial will take place at Eastside Cemetery in Stoughton, followed by a reception at the Skaalen Friendship room. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of services Saturday. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church of Stoughton, Skaalen Home of Stoughton, or the Stoughton Hospital Auxiliary. Edna's family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff on the Riverwalk unit for their friendship, care and compassion for our Aunty during her five years there. We also want to thank Agrace HospiceCare for all their help during Edna's last few months.
My condolences to Edna's family. She and Henry made me feel so welcome and entertained us so generously when Jane and I were students at Eau Claire and would visit them. I think I visited once with just Jane and another time with a group of friends.
I've fond memories of times with Auntie Edna and Uncle Heinie at their cottage home on Lake Ida, Minnesota...playing with toy boats in the water, fishing off the pier (not touching the worm, though), and going to the beauty parlor with Auntie Edna. Times pass quickly. She was a blessing.
Aunt Edna will be miss by all who knew her. She and Uncle Henry were always in the hearts of the Hughes family for as long as I can remember.
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