Andresen, Mable Edith (Dimmen) (1917-2013)

Mable Edith Andresen, 96, of Bemidji died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Touch of Home Assisted Living in Bemidji.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Angie Way officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Warren, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji. Condolences may be left at

Mable Edith Dimmen was born on September 9, 1917 to Louis and Evelina (Hegstrom) Dimmen in Bray Township, rural Thief River Falls. She attended country school in Pennington County. She was baptized and confirmed at Oak Ridge Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls. She loved learning, and was the first from her family to attend high school, which meant living with a family in town during the week from the age of 12. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1934 at the age of 16 and went on to attend the local teacher training program. She also took some courses at Bemidji State Teachers College and the University of Minnesota. She taught in Pennington County country schools for eight years. During World War II she worked as an ordnance inspector at International Harvester Company in Minneapolis, where munitions were being made for the war effort.

She married Harold Andresen on July 28, 1945 in Warren. They farmed near Warren until her husband passed away on February 28, 1970. She continued to live on the farm until she moved into Warren in 1995. In 2007 she moved to Touch of Home Assisted Living in Bemidji to be near family members.

She valued education, and encouraged her children to receive college degrees, and all of her grandchildren have also gone on to college. She was a member of The Agassiz Swedish Heritage Society, the Sons of Norway, McCrea Jolly Homemakers, Warren Senior Citizens Club, and attended Melo Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading her Bibles, newspapers and factual stories, genealogy, doing daily crossword puzzles, baking bread and lefse, mowing grass and shoveling snow, raising a vegetable garden, playing board games and card games, visiting with long-time friends and neighbors, and especially seeing her own family. She enjoyed trips east to visit family in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, and Washington, DC and family visits to Minnesota.

She is survived by her children: Joyce (Dallas) Way of Bemidji, Robert “Bob” (Denise) Andresen of Georgetown, IN, Harvey (Susan) Andresen of Luling, LA, and LeRoy (Wendy) Andresen of Willmar, MN. Eleven grandchildren: Melissa (Tim) Wenstrom, Angela Way, and Andresens: Jason (Katharine), Eric (Jennifer), Kelly, Nicholas, Dustin, Joseph, Nathan, Brian and Megan, and seven great-grandchildren. Sisters-in-law: Fabiola Dimmen of Colorado Springs, CO, Myrtle Vonk of Minooka, IL Many nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Selmer, Lloyd, Clarence, Ivan, Glenn, Clifford and Elvin James; and sisters Ella, Leona, and a sister Gladys who died at birth.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky