Theresa Hamnes Buried At Stephen
Theresa Hamnes, 90, of Warren, Minnesota, and formerly of Stephen, Minnesota, died Saturday, September 30, 2000 in Good Samaritan Nursing Center at Warren, Minnesota. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 6, 2000, at 10:30 am at First Lutheran Church in Stephen, MN with Rev. Michael Schendel officiating. Music was provided by Leslie Widner at the organ and Kari Ross and Rev. Schendel as soloist. Pall bearers were Theresa’s grandchildren, Ingrid Remick, Erik Hamnes, Kari Ross, Christine Gosch, Matthew Rabanus, Ian Rabanus, Mark Nelson, Brian Nelson and Nathan Nelson. Interment was in Stephen City Cemetery.
Theresa O. Hvidsten was born on July 18, 1910, the daughter of Olaf and Anna (Sylskar) Hvidsten in Wanger Township of Marshall County, MN. She graduated from Stephen High School in 1928, attended Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks, and later attended St. Olaf College at Northfield, MN. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Stephen Implement for a number of years.
On January 26, 1936 she married Arnold O. “Gus” Hamnes at Stephen, MN. They operated the Greystone Hotel in Stephen until 1944 and were engaged in farming in the Stephen area until retirement. Arnold Hamnes died on March 2, 1996.
Theresa was very active in civic and community affairs. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and the WELCA of Stephen, active in Eastern Star, a charter member of the GFWC Monday Study Club of Stephen, and served on the board of the Stephen School Board for 14 years. She also co-authored the Stephen centennial book Our Town.
Family members include her son, Bruce (Aase) Hamnes of Stephen, MN; two daughters, Karla (Richard) Rabanus of St. Paul, MN; Barbara (Steve) Nelson of Warren, MN; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two sisters, Bertha Brown of Grand Forks,ND; Hilda (Stan) Thorson of St. Paul, MN, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gus, six brothers and one sister.
Source: Stephen Messenger – October 12, 2000
Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky