Tollefson, Irene Esther (Warne) (1911-2006)

Irene Tollefson, 94, Maple Grove, MN and formerly of Grygla, MN died Thursday, March 23, 2006 at the home of her Granddaughter in Maple Grove, MN.

Funeral service will be 11 AM, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at Grace Lutheran Church, Grygla, MN, with Pastor Virgil Rasmussen and Pastor Mary Gilthvedt officiating. Burial will be at Saint Olaf Cemetery, Grygla.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Monday, March 27, 2006 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN with a 7 PM prayer service with Rev. Virgil Rasmussen officiating. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Irene Esther Warne was born September 21, 1911 to Jesse and Mabel (Standish) Warne in Mount Ayr, Indiana. She lived on the North Shore in MN, Drayton, ND, and then moved to Aurora, MN in 1965.

She was united in marriage to Hilmer Benson in 1934. She was later united in marriage to Daniel Tollefson on August 31, 1957. She worked at the Elroy Supper Club in Virginia, MN. She owned Jackson Hall, a rooming house in Aurora, MN for 5 years and retired in 1976. The couple moved back to Grygla in December, 1992. After her husband’s death, Irene moved to Minneapolis and lived with her granddaughter Audrey Stark and family until her death.

Irene enjoyed dancing, growing flowers and vegetables, baking, sewing, crafts, playing cards, and having coffee with her friends. Her door was always open to family and friends. She loved children; there were always cookies or cake for them.

Irene is survived by 7 grandchildren: Audrey (Rick) Stark, Maple Grove, MN; Lois (Tim) Anderson, Goodridge, MN; Jean (Dan) Schulz, Grygla, MN; Judy Olson, Wannaska, MN; Carol (Tony) Wiseth, Goodridge, MN; Joanne (Gerald) Tharaldson, Goodridge, MN; James (Brandi) Verbout, Grygla, MN; 18 great grandchildren: Daniel (fiancé Ashley), Jermiah (girlfriend Betsy), Justin, Nicole, Jordan, Breanna, Brock, Tyler, Alexandra, Kember, Katelyn, Heather, Miranda, Shantel, Jesse, Jacob, Peyton, Tucker, 1 great great grandchild Kayanna, brother in law Raymond Tollefson, Grand Forks, ND; 2 sisters in law: Alice Warne, Morrocco, IN; Penn Warne, Grygla, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews, special friends Louise and Duane Ellingson, Aurora, MN; Rose Anderson, Spearfish, SD; Linda Erickson (Home Companion) Maple Grove, MN; and lastly the family dog Brownie.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hilmer Benson, husband, Daniel Tollefson, on February 14, 1998; infant son, daughter, Shirley Verbout; son in law Rolland Verbout, parents, brothers Delos, Gilbert, Ray, Allen “Jack”, Robert, sister Alice Norby, and grandson in law Brian Olson.

From Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky