Saturday, May 12, 2012

Family Reunion 2012

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Obituary - John Aanden

John (Johnny), 75, passed away Wed., Dec. 22. 2010 at the Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, MN after a long illness with complications of Valley Fever. The son of Oscar and Agnes (Nornes) Aanden of Beltrami, MN, he was born Feb. 2, 1935 in Crookston, MN. He grew up in Beltrami and graduated from Fertile High School in 1953. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Moorhead State and a Master of Science in School Administration from North Dakota State University. After serving with the US Army in Germany from 1957 to '59, he taught business at the Commercial Business College in Bismarck, ND and in 1960 joined the Herman, MN, school system serving as a business teacher and High School Principal until his retirement in 1993.

He married Arlene Eidsmoe of Nielsville, MN, in 1960. They had two children, Mitchell (Robin) of Litchfield and Lisa (Greg) Hanson of Cottage Grove, MN. Besides his wife and children he is survived by his sister Anne Marie of Eden Prairie, MN; grandsons Isaac, Alexander, and Samuel Hanson; step granddaughters Caitlin Fickel and Haley (Jason) Malherek of Litchfield, and three great granddaughters, McKenna and Elaina Fickel, and RaeLynn Malherek. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bernard (Corky) Aanden, and step grandson, David Fickel.

John was active in Herman's Bethel Lutheran Church and Dollars for Scholars. Both John and Arlene were honored in 1993 by the Herman Odd Fellows Hall of Fame for community service. His passion was flying; he was a member of the Agassiz Flyers, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and was manager of the Herman Municipal Airport.

Obituary - Margaret Dahl

Margaret Naomi Nornes Dahl was born Decmber 28, 1916 in Shelly to Carl and Grace Nornes. She graduated from St. Lukes School of Nursing, Fargo, ND, in 1935. She married Obert Dahl in 1937 who passed away in 1989. She worked for Dr. Magness at the Dakota Clinic for 15 years.

Following her nursing career, Margaret was the director for the Arthritis Foundation. She also devoted many years to the Merit Care Auxiliary, serving on the Board. She was a volunteer until the age of 90 with over 8900 hours of service.

A wonderful mother, grandma, and friend, she was especially close to her granddaughters Erica and Jeana, and was cared for and loved by her daughter-in-law Rachel. Margaret spent her last years at the Pioneer House and the Elim Nursing Home.

Margaret is survived by sons John (Rachel) Dahl, Fargo; and Jim (Shelia) Dahl, Kerrville, TX; brother Jack Nornes, Owatonna; Dixie Dahl, San Diego, and grandchildren Jeff and Deanne Dahl, San Diego; Erica (Brian) Kaldenberg, Iowa City; and Jeana Dahl, Mpls.

Services were held Dec. 23.

Genealogy - April 2010-Dec. 31-2010

Kia Irene Thrasher, daughter of Lucille and Gary Thrasher, to Ben Hanna, Jan. 2, 2010.

Erica Rochelle Dahl, daughter of John and Rachel Dahl, to Brian Kaldenberg.

Elyse Michelle Miner, June 2010, daughter of Nathan and Kristen Miner, GP- Tom and Mary Stoltman.

Nora Marie Rockstad, June 27, 2010, daughter of Elizabeth and Neal Rockstad. GP- Solveig and Wayne Kitchell.

Emma Jean Dimich, November 25, 2010, daughter of Megan and Matthew Dimich, GP-Verna and Donald Fricke.

RaeLynn Malherek, Noveber 9, 2010, daughter of Haley and Jason Malherek, GP- Robin and Mitchell Aanden

Leah Patty-Ann Brooks, December 10, 2010, daughter of Diana and James Brooks, GP-Paul Renshaw

Margaret Nornes Dahl, December 8, 2010
John Phillip Aanden, December 22, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Births - Sept., 2009 - March 2010

The following are births that I know about from September last fall through this March:

September, 2009 - Ryan Jay Mauritson, son of Jay and Cindy Mauritson.
March 11, 2010 - Miles James Mauritson, son of Jeremy and Monica Mauritson.
GP-James and Annie Mauritson, GGP-Chester and JoAnne Mauritson.

September 10, 2009 - Avri Jo Bensen, daughter of Mark and Amanda Bensen, GP- Kermit Bensen and (step GP) Sandy Bensen, GGP- Gunhild and Malton Bensen.

March 3, 2010 - Austin Aran Pehlke Johnson, son of Joe and Joy Johnson, GP - Barbara Ferry, GGP- Helmer and Karine Nornes.

March 21, 2010 - McKenna and Elaina Fickel, daughters of Caitlin Fickel, GP- Robin and (step GP)Mitchell Aanden, step-GGP - John and Arlene Aanden.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Relative Contacts

Recently two persons in Norway have found me on this blog and requested information about our family. The first one was Dag Hoelseth who is related through Martha's (Bernt's wife) family and through Jeff Nornes' wife, Kristin Hole. I have sent him the history book and keep track of him on Facebook.

The other one just this week was Lars Asbjørn Nag, related through my generation's great-great grandmother, Kristi Sveinungsd. Idso, wife of Bjørn Larsen Hviding. He really knew very little about the Kvitsøy and even less about the Karmøy connections. I'll get the book mailed to him on Monday. Their English is so good there is no problem in communicating.

I bought a translation program I wanted to use to translate comments from Norway on Facebook. However, it is not working the way I thought it would and am quite disappointed. I may have to try to get my money back.

Planning will soon get underway for August 14th Family Reunion.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Update of Johnny

Isaid in my Christmas letter to go to posts for June 1 Nov. 28th, but I didn't get time to write the November one. After the rehab in Alex, which was quite unsatisfactory, he started outpatient rehab in Morris and was able to walk with a cane. He was extremely weak and had been and still was taking so much medicine, his sugar levels went crazy. He was on heavy doses of insulin from the time he was in the hospital until the prednisone was lowered a month ago. He checks his levels four times a day but only takes a little on the days he takes prednisone which he will be able to discontinue next week.

The Morris rehab went better until he started having severe back pain. Family osteoporosis and all the anti-fungal medicine and especially the prednisone were destroying his bones. After months of unrelenting pain that even narcotics could not relieve, they found he had four compression fractures, one old and three new. He could not lie down for X-rays and MRIs without screaming in pain. He's slept in a recliner since July. Finally a couple of weeks ago they did one vertebroplasty and another "-plasty" with a balloon whose name I can't spell. They go into the spine and fill in the fractured bones with a cement that fortunately has given him relief. He still gets a tired back but is moderately active, driving his new pickup that he bought on the Cash for Clunkers program. For the first time today he told me he felt good. Seven months plus of misery. He's very stooped over and thin but things are definitely better.