MARJORIE LOU GERDIN

m-gerdin-webphoto.jpgMarjorie Gerdin, of Stanchfield, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 85 years old.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2pm on Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope presiding.

A TIME OF VISITATION will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at church.

Marjorie Lou Gerdin was born May 18, 1924 in Braham, Minnesota to Charles J. and Frances (Peterson) Mattson. Marjorie was raised at “The Flying Hoof” ranch in rural Braham. She attended Pine Cone School thru the eighth grade and graduated from Braham High School in 1942. Marjorie was involved in 4-H as a youth and won a trip to the National Club Congress in 1942 along with her sister Helen Mae. She loved riding horseback, and was an active member of the Rum River Saddle Club.

Her first job out of high school was working at Honeywell in Minneapolis, and then on to other parts of the worldShe left for a job with finger-print identification department of the FBI in Washington DC, and then moved to Tokyo, Japan to work for the War department. On returning to the states, she attended business school and worked for East Central Electric. The travel bug struck again and she went to London where she worked for the State department at the US Embassy from 1951 to 1955.

While in Tokyo, she caught the eye of a home town farm boy, Vernon Gerdin, who happened to be stationed in Japan with the military. They were married on October 15, 1955 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church.

Vernon and Marge purchased the Gerdin Family farm in Maple Ridge Township from his parents. Together they farmed and entertained family and friends. Interests were many and included dairy cows, Christmas trees, making maple syrup, and travel. Marjorie was an active member of the Stanchfield Baptist Church. In 1999 the family was honored as Isanti County Farm family of the year. A highlight of 2007 was a trip back to Japan and China, 60 years after her first visit.

Marjorie passed away on October 4, 2009 at the age of 85 years old.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon, two daughters Kari and Sharon, and granddaughter Micaela.

Marjorie is survived by daughters Heidi (Barry) Seals of Stanchfield; Joey Gerdin and husband Gary Nies of St. Paul; Tracy (Terrance Jr.) Walfoort of Cambridge; Margo (Ki) Gulbranson of Lindstrom; sons Jay Gerdin of Stanchfield, Chip Gerdin of Stanchfield, and David (Karie) Gerdin of St. Francis; 14 grandchildren Barry Jr., KariMae, Patrick, Karl, Julia, John, Shiloh, Per, Hans, Nils, Brittney, Jordan, Katherine, and Gary; sisters Gayle Ek of Stanchfield; Beverly Johnson of Cambridge; and Helen Mae (Eugene) Pederson of Braham. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope presiding. Music was provided by Pam Theline and Lawrence Olson. Pallbearers were Pat, Dan, Jim, Ted, Terry, Mike, Kevin, and Kitty Haley. Inurnment was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

INTERMENT will be in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery

3 guestbook entries for MARJORIE LOU GERDIN

  1. bob & carol wood October 14, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    Dear Margo & family, Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you!!! Bob & Carol

  2. Adrienne Johnson October 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    I am sad and surprised to hear of Marge Gerdin’s death. She was a dear lady to me. I got to know her through her maple syrup and enjoyed every visit I had with her. Last spring she wanted to give me a tour of the syrup operation. She amazed me with her energy, vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, and friendliness. I never knew she was 85! I thank the Lord Jesus for the privilege of knowing her . I will miss her.

  3. judith johnson elavsky October 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    I am really sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute you have written above. I am grateful I got to be around your Mom the little time that I did. She was a great Lady here and now she is a great Lady in heaven.

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