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The annual Christdala "open house" nondenominational service is Saturday September 23, 2017 starting at 2:00 pm and the Millersburg Schoolhouse Museum will also be open, free to the public, from noon to 4:00 pm.

Memorial Service:


This year we are combining Pam's memorial service with our annual Open House service.

The date is Saturday September 23 at 2:00 pm at Christdala west of Northfield where Pam's parents and the QUIST family are buried.

Pam passed away peacefully on Thursday morning July 20, 2017 in Lake City, Minnesota under the care of the Mayo Hospice System. She was a cancer survivor for nearly 15 years.

Pam was born in St. Peter, MN on January 9, 1938 and grew up in Le Sueur where she graduated from high school in 1956. Pam met her husband, Wayne Quist, at St. Olaf College and they were together nearly 60 years. She earned degrees in German and History at St. Olaf (1960) and the University of Minnesota. Pam worked for many years as a professional book editor and technical writer/editor for several book publishers and professional university publications. 

Pam was a true lady and adventurer who inherited her father's wit, charm, and humor; and from her mother she inherited a kind and gentle nature. Throughout her life Pam exhibited exquisite taste and style in everything from personal dress to home decor, and she was very proud of her 100% Swedish heritage (Benson/Peterson/Andreasdotter).

Pam's flair for adventure and new horizons took her around the world with her husband during his Air Force and business careers. She traveled extensively from London to Istanbul and was especially fond of the English theater, Italy, and the south of France. Pam lived in Texas, Washington state, Washington, DC, Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Belgium and Germany, and returned home to Minnesota for the last 25 years.

Pam loved books and was a talented editor and writer. She was a voracious reader with thousands of books in her Kindle and traditional library. She was especially fond of the great Russian, French, and English writers and had a lifelong love of the theater, especially the London stage and Shakespeare's Stratford; and she loved American history - Jefferson, Adams, the Founding Fathers and Lincoln. Throughout her life Pam played the piano, organ and other instruments and loved to play privately at home for her personal enjoyment.

Pam is survived by her husband, Wayne Quist of Lake City; her son Pete Quist (Yvette) of Red Wing; her grandson Chris Quist  of Eagan; and her brother Jim Benson (Suzette) of Tarpon Springs, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Pauline Benson. Pam asked that she be cremated; her ashes will be interred at Christdala Cemetery, Millersburg, MN in a public ceremony 2:00 pm Saturday September 23, 2017.

To reach Christdala, take exit 66 from I-35 (Rice County #1, next exit south of St. Olaf/Carleton exit on I-35). Go about 2-3 miles further west on Rice Count #1 past Boonies Grill - the old church is on your right. Former members of the St Olaf Choir will lead the singing for Pam's memorial service.

The schoolhouse museum across from Boonie's Grill will be open Saturday September 16, 2017 for the annual Race-Around-the-Lake and also on Saturday September 23, 2017 for Pam's memorial service.


Interested in having your event at Christdala Church? If so, please contact us.