When Ethel L. (Avery) Satre enjoys her birthday cake on Friday, June 28, she can reflect on far more personal and Brainerd area history than most residents. The Deerwood woman turns 105 on June 28.
Her life has been a typical mixture of family, work and activities. She was a Cub Scout leader and attended church circle and Bible study according to information compiled by Satre’s daughter, Phyllis Collignon of Deerwood.
She helped start the Jolly Freetimer’s group at Trinity Lutheran Church. She belonged to a garden club and was a Yard of the Month winner. Satre tended both flowers and vegetables, which she shared with friends and neighbors. She also belonged to the Rolling Rangers RV Club and saw most of the United States and Canada traveling in a recreational vehicle. She visited her husband’s relatives in Norway and was a member of the Sons of Norway.
Satre cared for her husband’s parents and her mother and sister and also two neighbor girls when they lost their mother.
Born in Garrison Township to Joseph and Lilly Avery, she was the fourth of 11 children who helped on their parents’ dairy farm in rural Brainerd. As a teenager she did housekeeping at the Nolan rooming house and at Seguchie Lodge. She later did housekeeping for Dr. John Thabes Sr. and the Ted Schaefer Sr. family.
On Jan. 19, 1934, she was married to Carl Satre by Pastor Oscar L. Bolstad of Trinity Lutheran Church. The newlyweds walked to their Pine Street apartment after the reception. The next spring they bought a house in Riverton and had it moved to the three lots on 13th and H streets where they lived until they moved into the Woodland Apartments in the summer of 1997.
Her husband, Carl, died in 1999. She continued to live at Woodland Apartments until 2008 when she moved to live with her daughter and son-in-law in Deerwood. Satre had two children, Phyllis and Glen. Glen died in 1997. She has six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.