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Selda Benishek, 87, of Long Prairie

Selda Benishek, 87, of Long Prairie, formerly of Bertha, died Aug. 23, 2014, at Centra Care Health in Long Prairie.
Memorial services are pending, and will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township.
Selda Rosaline and her Siamese twin sister, Elda Minna, were born Jan. 8, 1927, in McLeod County, to Ferdinand and Lydia (Schuft) Alsleben of New Auburn. The babies were joined together at the abdomen and liver. On March 1, 1927, Dr. Hillard H. Holm successfully performed surgery at the Glencoe hospital and separated the two infants. Elda Alsleben died July 29, 1936, of a heart defect.
Selda Alsleben moved with her family to a rural Grey Eagle farm in 1939. She graduated from eighth grade at Greenwood School in Round Prairie Township.
At age 17, she moved with a girlfriend to Chicago. She worked at various jobs until going to work at Hot Point. There she met Bernard “Ben” Benishek. They were married Oct. 16, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Long Prairie Township.
They lived and worked together in Chicago until moving to Waukegan, Ill. Their next move was to Long Prairie, where she worked for a time at the Ben Franklin store. They lived in Hopkins for a time before moving to a farm in Bartlett Township. Following the death of her husband, she sold the farm and moved to an apartment in Bertha. She was employed at Homecrest in Wadena until retiring July 1, 1994. She resided for several years at Bertha Manor Apartments. In March 2014, she became a resident of Centra Care Health in Long Prairie.
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township, Immanuel Ladies Aid, Bertha and Hewitt senior centers, Hewitt Historical Society, TCCA, the What-Knot Club and Bertha Lionesses. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and quilting.
Survivors include her brothers, Darvin (Jeanette) Alsleben of Long Prairie, Orrin (Rose) Alsleben of Winthrop and Larry (Bonnie) Alsleben of Grey Eagle; sisters, Delanie Lindberg of Clearwater, Melva (Robert) Jensen of Seattle, Wash., and Paulette (Loren) Johnson of Long Prairie; special nephew, Jim (Nan) Curran of Lake Mills, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Benishek, on July 21, 1993; parents, F.W. and Lydia Alsleben; sisters, Siamese twin Elda and Lorna Loges; brother, Milo Alsleben; and foster brother, Clarence Braband.