Harstad, Lenora Ethlyn (Sorenson) (1921-2003)

Lenora Harstad, 81, died on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at the CNC Unit of Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Newfolden, MN with Rev. Russ McDowell officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Newfolden.

Visitation will be held 3:00 until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service at Johnson-Green Funeral Home in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Lenora Ethlyn Sorenson was born on August 17, 1921 the daughter of Carl and Clara (Rierson) Sorenson in rural Holt, MN. She attended country school near Holt and went to High School in Newfolden, MN. She worked at the turkey plant and bakery in Thief River Falls before she was married.

On June 14, 1941 she was united in marriage to Orville Harstad at the parsonage in Viking, MN. She was the right hand help on the family farm. She could operate the machinery, grain dryer, and any other thing that needed to be done on the farm. She also worked for about 10 years at Arctic Cat from 1968 to 1978.

Lenora was active at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she was a member; she was also a member of the Ladies Aide, and the World Relief at Bethlehem. She also loved visiting with the neighbors and the neighbor kids. Nobody ever left her home hungry.

Lenora is survived by children Doyle (Marilyn) Harstad of Viking, Kameron (Kathyrn) Harstad of East Grand Forks, Larry (Carole) Harstad of Merced, CA, Lynnet (Gerald) Swaser of Newfolden, Calvin (special friend Dianne Disrud) Harstad of Viking; grandchildren Gary, Carol, Kristi, Greg, Kent, Kevin, Larry Jr., Donna, Alison, Kate, Jeff, Donn and Jessica; great grandchildren Cody, Nicole, Kameron, Mackenzie, Emily, Hallie, Alex, Ben, Courtney, Zachery, and Michael; one brother Lester (Patty) Sorenson, Newfolden, MN; three sisters in law Virginia (Leonard) Field of Stephen, MN; Irene Harstad of Big Lake, MN; and Helen Sorenson, Thief River Falls, MN; daughter-in-law Florence (Jay) Nelson of Thief River Falls; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Orville, September 21, 2002, parents; son Donn in 1981, two sisters Audrey Sorenson, Ruth Highfill, two brothers, Stanley Sorenson, Milton Sorenson.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

An amateur genealogist and internet hobbyist.

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