Evelyn Mortenson, 90, of Hallock, Minn., passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Evelyn Krogstad was born Sept. 16, 1928 at Kennedy, Minn., to Ole and Bertha (Ristad) Krogstad. She attended school in Kennedy, graduating in 1946. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead before returning to help at home and work in Kennedy.
Harris and Evie were married May 29, 1948, and settled on the family farm west of Kennedy where they raised their family and resided for 58 years. As a farm wife, Evie made wonderful meals and was known for baking delicious buns, rolls, and bread. She hauled meals out to the field for farm workers, as well as running combine or driving beet truck when needed. She loved to entertain and hosted many celebrations. The family attended Red River Lutheran Church through the years, where Evelyn taught Sunday School and was active in WELCA serving as president and other roles. She was also involved with the American Cancer Society in Kittson County for many years. Harris and Evie enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing, as well as their winter home in Apache Junction, Ariz.
In 2006, Harris and Evelyn moved off the farm to a home they built in Hallock, where they hosted many holidays and special occasions. It was not unusual to have 60 people at their home for a holiday. Evelyn became a resident of Kittson Memorial Nursing Home in September 2016.
Evelyn is survived by Harris, her husband of 71 years; her children: Robert (Ilene) Mortenson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Nancy (Paul) Johnson of Staples, Minn., Bruce (Mary) Mortenson of Kennedy, Barbara (Kirk) Costin of Hallock, and Julie (Bryan) Younggren of Hallock. Also survived by 16 grandchildren who she adored: Heather Mortenson, Tony (Simone) Mortenson, Ryan (Kia) Johnson, Nicole (Paul) Johnson, Drew Mortenson (Kelly Sjoblom), Kelly (John) Wilson, Carey (Taryn) Mortenson, Justin (Korianne) Mortenson, Kirsten (Brandon) Shimpa, Kate (Justin) Thompson, Natalie (Jeremiah) Halley, Cara (Kevin) Peterson, Blake (Tiffany) Younggren, Britta (Luke) Nordin, Aaron (Skyler) Younggren, and Jesse Younggren (Sierra Karboviak). Evelyn is survived by 30 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Mortenson and Marcia Severson; one brother-in-law, David Mortenson; as well as many nephews and nieces.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers: Odin (Agnes), Elmer (Ethel), Alfred (Frances), Harold (Ethel), Bert, and Ronald (Mabel); two sisters: Helen (Ferdie) Johnson and Edna (Walter) Lundberg; as well as a sister in infancy. She was also preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Betty Wicklund and Marian Pearson; and brothers-in-law, Daniel Mortenson, Vernon Wicklund, Donald Pearson and Dean Severson.
The family would like to thank the staff and physicians at Kittson Memorial Healthcare for their loving care and attention.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at 11 a.m. in Red River Lutheran Church, rural Kennedy. Interment was in Red River Cemetery. Visitation was held at the church on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Rev. Caitlin Jensen and Rev. Galen Nordin, presided; Darrell Lindgren, organist and Galen Nordin, soloist. Casket bearers will be Evelyn’s grandchildren.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, was in charge of the arrangements. www.austinfuneralchapel.com.