Alexandra Jo Ellingson, 23, of Thief River Falls, MN died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Thief River Falls.Funeral service to celebrate Alex’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Voelker officiating. Burial will follow at Landstad Cemetery west of Thief River Falls, MN.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 6:00 PM prayer service on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Alexandra Jo Ellingson was born August 20, 1995 in Thief River Falls, MN the daughter of Dale Westerlund and Tara Weigel.  She was baptized and confirmed at Oak Ridge Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls.  Alex attended Challenger Elementary and Lincoln High Schools in Thief River Falls, graduating with the class of 2013.

She worked at Petro Pumper, Frasier’s, The Lantern, Michael’s Meats and Elite Video.

Alex enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, four-wheeling, corn hole, listening to music, spending time with family and friends. She had a wonderful smile, a huge heart, was feisty, spunky, funny was a Tom Boy and loved snuggling and giving hugs.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth John Strand III “KJ”; parents, Tara (Jamie) Weigel and Dale (Robyn) Westerlund; siblings, Rylie Weigel, Devon Westerlund, Samantha (Justin) Bierman, Lucas (Chelsey) Sandsmark; grandparents, Pattie & Mike Jarshaw, Deb (Westerlund) Herrman & Joe Herrman, Russ Landrus, Darryl & Penny Weigel, Marie Sandsmark, Wesley & Kathy Sandsmark; great-grandparents, Charlie (Lila Rudd) Ellingson, Asta Westerlund, Violet Weigel, Genevieve  Jarshaw; nephews, Tucker & Watson Bierman; aunts/uncles, Trevor (Tara) Jarshaw, Tyson (Tara) Jarshaw, Allan Shumway, Darrin Weigel, Jason (Heather) Weigel, Michelle (Lynn) Baker, Kris Brateng; great aunts/uncles, Connie Ellingson, Cathie (Mike) Thompson, Kent (Stacey) Ellingson, Troy (Tiffani) Ellingson, Greg Westerlund; God-parents, Kim & Matt Scholin, Allan Shumway, Rhiannon Kriech; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her fiancé, Kenneth Strand Jr.; grandmother, Sandy Landrus; great-grandparents, Carol Ellingson, LeRoy Westerlund, Bernie Weigel, Theresa Dougherty; aunt/uncles, Milo Westerlund, Larry Westerlund and Wendy Sandsmark.


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