She was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Black Hammer Township, rural Spring Grove, Minn., to Melvin and Johanna (Bjergum) Olafson. She received baptism Nov. 27, 1927, and was confirmed into her faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia, Minn., on Aug. 30, 1942. She attended school in the rural Caledonia area. Liela married Raymond Rask on June 25, 1944, in Caledonia. Together they farmed in the Caledonia area until 1961. Liela worked as a cook in a Spring Grove café during this time and later in the Spring Grove factory. She then moved to Altura Minn., where she enjoyed being a homemaker. In 1965, Liela and her husband, Raymond, moved to La Crescent, where she worked as a housekeeper for several years. Liela enjoyed flower gardening, trips to visit her sister, baking for loved ones and visiting and entertaining friends and family. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Liela is survived by one daughter, Judith (Robert) Schulze, La Crescent; one son, Ronald (Phyllis) Rask, West Salem, Wis.; six grandchildren, Randall Brummer, Steven Brummer, Melissa Schulze, Jeri Rask, Amber (Steve) Rasmussen and Gunner Rask; nine great-grandchildren, Stefen, Sheldon, and Shanna Brummer, Devyn Johnson, Jordyn Hazelbower, Kaylee and Ryan Gilbertson, and Makenna and Cooper Rasmussen; one great-great-granddaughter, Elliot Brummer; one sister, Maxine Songer, La Crescent; one sister-in-law, Jackie Rask, Caledonia; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond, on Sept. 6, 2013, three sisters, Pearl Sires, Myrtle Onsgard and Belinda Peterson; three brothers, Mervin, Vernell and Norton Olafson; seven brothers-in-law, Phill Onsgard, Odin Peterson, Ted Kuecker, Calvin Sires, John Songer, and Orville and Donald Rask; and nine sisters in-law, Mabel, Helen, and Odella Olafson, Alvina, Delores, and Elna Rask, Gladys Kuecker and Birdella and Clairice Lien.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Wilmington Lutheran Church, Wilmington Township, rural Caledonia. Pastor Neal Solomonson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, Minn., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.