Audrey Lindgren was born July 7, 1928 and raised in Teien Township on a typical family farm. Hans and Alice (Foss) Hanson farmed small grains and also had a limited number of dairy cattle. The land is located near a bend in the Red River, and was subject to flooding during the high water years.
Audrey and her sister Donna both loved to dance, and when they were young, their dad would drive them into Drayton or to Robbin for community dances, even in the winter time. With a little encouragement, Audrey could kick up a little two step as recently as three years ago.
Road trips were made to her mom’s family near Greenbush for family events and picking blueberries in the mosquito filled forests and marshes near Greenbush.
Audrey attended Kennedy Public School and kept in touch with several close classmate friends from her graduating class for her entire life.
She was a farm wife (and we all know that is a full-time job) for many years on Kenneth and Audrey’s farm west of Kennedy where they raised wheat, barley, sugar beets, etc. She was also a Tupperware sales rep for 40 years, retiring only about six years ago. During several of those years, she ranked among the top reps in terms of sales for the entire Region which included much of Minnesota, North and South Dakota.
Audrey was a master in the kitchen, and could put together a family feast for 30 or a snack for three. There were always homemade buns and cookies in the freezer and the coffee pot was on more or less 24 hours a day. Her cookbooks are filled with little notes in the margins (delicious, fair, makes a lot, etc)
When on the farm, she was determined to have a brick planter along the driveway and personally built it brick by brick, sifting gravel to get the consistency of the sand for the mortar, then mixing the mortar in a bucket and laying each brick individually. It was filled with colorful flowers every summer for many years.
For a number of years, Audrey and her mother, Alice, and mother-in-law Annie, owned and operated a food stand at the Kittson County Fair. The stand blew down one spring during a wind storm, but stood right where the 4-H stand is today. Audrey was in charge of the homemade potato salad, Alice was flipping burgers on the grill, and Annie was in charge of the ‘back office’ washing dishes and making good Scandinavian egg coffee.
Audrey also loved to paint. Not portraits or scenes, though. She painted the farm buildings more than once virtually all by herself when she was young. This was years ago when the quality of the paint was not what it is today, and she always talked about standing high on a ladder painting the farm buildings, with the thin, oil based paint running down her arms. She always showed up with a paint roller in her hand when the kids wanted changes made in their houses. It would be fun to guess how many hundreds of gallons of paint she has brushed and rolled on.
Audrey and Kenneth were married Dec. 14, 1947. On their wedding day there was a terrible snowstorm in Kittson County and many of the wedding guests ending up spending the night at Skjeberg Lutheran Church. Kenneth and Audrey somehow managed to make it to Hans and Alice’s farm two miles away and spent the night there.
Kenneth and Audrey lived in Minneapolis for several years after they were married where Kenneth worked at Northrup King Seed Company.
Kenneth’s grandparents homesteaded the land in Svea Township in 1865 when they emigrated from Sweden, and built a farm house in the middle of the section. Swan and Annie lived in that original house for many years and built a new house on the farm in the 40’s. Kenneth and Audrey eventually moved back to Kennedy and onto the farm where Kenneth’s parents, Swan and Annie Lindgren has just built that house, so Kenneth and Audrey moved into that house and Swan and Annie built another new house in Kennedy on what is Berg Street today. Kenneth and Audrey lived on the farm for about 50 years. After Kenneth died in 1996 Audrey continued to live on the family farm until 2002 when she built a new home in Hallock.
Kenneth and Audrey had many great times at Lake of the Woods with friends and the kids, square dancing in Drayton with friends and neighbors and many Sunday barbeques at Lake Bronson State Park.
Winters were filled with snowmobiling, ice fishing, bowling, and January was always reserved for photo album and scrap book updating.
Kenneth and Audrey traveled a fair amount during the later years. They made a trip to Hawaii in 1973 along with many other local couples on an American Crystal Sugar sponsored trip. They also traveled to Southern California many times to Darrell’s house in the winters, where Audrey willingly stayed busy with the paint roller and Kenneth was busy with carpentry jobs on Darrell’s houses. They went to New York City for New Year’s Eve in Times Square, a second time to NYC to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and a couple times for the NYC Marathon, to Boston for the Boston Marathon, to Washington, D.C., to San Francisco and the wine country, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, St Louis and Nashville to the Grand Ole Opry. We have guessed that over the years, Audrey has made at least 30 trips to Southern California. The Southern California trips have included visits, of course, to Disneyland, Universal Studios, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Lawrence Welk Show, The Price Is Right, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, The Crystal Cathedral, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and so much more. Audrey and some of the family went to Honolulu again in 2005 and a third time in 2008 when much of the family was there for a month at Kailua Beach during the Christmas Holiday.
Audrey resided at the Kittson Memorial Health Center beginning in 2010 but enjoyed many weeks at her Hallock house during those years, whenever possible. Special thanks to Ava Anderson for her tireless help at the house in Hallock.
She is survived by sons, Darrell Lindgren, Steve (Sandra) Lindgren; a daughter Joni (Mike) Anderson; a daughter-in-law, Val Jean Lindgren; grandchildren:
Chad Lindgren, Shawna (Rod) Hennen, Traci (Greg) Volk, Jeni (Ryan) Schwenzfeier, Brett (Lindsay) Lindgren, Kalie (David) Ogorek, Kimberly (Joel) Lloyd, Marcus (Kelsey) Anderson, Marlie Anderson; great grandchildren, Brenden Lindgren, Madyson, Hayden, Tyler and Brynn Hennen, Britta and Breanna Potrament, Austin and Jaidyn Volk, Evan Schwenzfeier, Afton and Ivy Lindgren, Aiden, Mason and Brynlie Ogorek; a sister, Donna Bostad; brother, Raymond (Sherry) Hanson; and sister-in-law, Carol Nordin; and special home caregiver, Ava Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; a son Keith and infant daughter; parents Hans and Alice Hanson and brothers Kenneth and Leslie Hanson.
Funeral services were Dec. 28, 2013 in Red River Lutheran Church rural Hallock. Interment was in Red River Cemetery.
Rev. Frank Johnson, presided; Renee Wahl, organist; Karen Vold, Jillayne Kraska and Sue Albrecht, trio.
Pallbearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Chad Lindgren, Marcus Anderson, Ryan Schwenzfeier, David Ogorek, Brett Lindgren, Rod Hennen, Greg Volk and Joel Lloyd.