DELORES “DEE” SALMONSON

D. Salmonson webDelores “Dee” Salmonson, of Mora, MN died on Monday, October 11, 2010 at Quiet Oaks Hospice Center in St. Augusta, MN. She was 85 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 15th at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 14th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Delores (Dee) Jane Salmonson was born in Knife Lake Township, Mora, MN to August and Clara (Wigen) Norberg on February 10, 1925. She attended country school through 8th grade, and then stayed with her grandparents in Mora for her Freshman year, since buses were unavailable. She graduated from High School at the age of 16. She worked for Blaw Knox and the Register of Deeds, then Kanabec State Bank, as Bookkeeper for seven years.

Dee married Virgil Salmonson on February 11, 1944. Their marriage took place during WWII at Mountain Home, Idaho, just prior to his leaving for overseas duty. They enjoyed a wonderful 66 years of marriage.

Upon Virgil’s return from the war, they purchased a farm in Knife Lake Township where their three sons were born: Stefan Virgil in 1950, David Mark in 1954 and Brian Lee in 1959.

Remaining home as a housewife and co-farmer took up the ensuing years until she went to work at the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (ASC), then became a legal secretary for Robert W. Nyquist, Attorney for many years. Before retirement, she returned to Kanabec State Bank for ten years, working in various departments.

Dee was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church since 1969, serving in many capacities. Prior to 1969, she was an active member of Hillman Baptist Church where she gave her heart to the Lord at age 10, became baptized and joined that church. Her faith was an important part of her daily life.

She was very involved in Christian Women’s work, the History Center, a charter member of Dala Heritage Society, serving as secretary; a member of the Sew and So Club and various other organizations. Dee was a Kranskulla for the Vasaloppet Ski Race in 1978 and enjoyed her associations with this group of friends. Because of her Scandinavian heritage and membership in various Scandinavian organizations foreign visitors were guests in her home on countless occasions.

Dee was an avid reader, loved to knit and was a crossword puzzle addict! But her love for entertaining guests was legendary. She felt it was her mission in life to be a hostess and extend friendship to many, many people. Of course she always used her “classy cups” and Swedish coffee.

She loved music and sang in many choirs and trios, including the Women’s Barbershop Group here in Mora. She always said that “Mama Sang Bass” applied to her.

She and Virgil visited many countries during their younger years but were always drawn back to the Scandinavian countries and developed warm relationships with family members and renewed family ties. There again, her hostess abilities came into play.

Her love for the Lord, family and friends made her a giving person with a caring heart for people. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Dee is survived by husband, Virgil: sister Florence Berggren of Minnetonka; sons Stefan (Jolene) of Mora; David (Shari) of Mora; Brian (Kathy) of East Bethel.

Grandchildren: ReGina Salmonson, Shane Salmonson, Maggie Jo Jindra, Lance Salmonson, Jenna (Jeff) Holmseth, Derek Douglas, Keri Salmonson, Darren Douglas, Dannen Kroschel and Tia Kroschel;
Two great grandchildren Ayva Douglas and Carter Holmseth;
many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Lester Norberg.

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 15 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. Rev. Vic Elfstrum, Rev. Mark Roelofs and Mike Norton officiated. Music was provided by Carol Diamond and Stefan Salmonson. Pallbearers were Dee’s grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were Kan & Mary Yocum, Mel & Jan Anderson, Norm & Doris Jensen, Darrel & Dorothy Dahlin, and Dennis & Melva Strom. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

5 guestbook entries for DELORES “DEE” SALMONSON

  1. Steven Moe October 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Remembering Dee from the hay baling days. The best of food brought right to field, never ate so good and worked for such a nice family. Our prayers & sympathies to Virgil and the family.

  2. Colleen Hendershot De Jong October 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Remembering Dee with love….and love to the family….

  3. Mark Mullen October 15, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    I didn’t know Dee personally but I know her son Stefan. I’m sure that she was a great mother and wonderful person to have raised such a fine son, whom I consider a good friend. My love to the family as I keep them in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  4. Sonja Nordstrand October 17, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Our warmest symphaties goes to Virgil and the family.
    We will allways remember Dee as a warm good friend overseas, writing wonderful letters, and for her great hospitality visiting Mora, summer 1984.
    En sista hlsning frn Sonja, Ulf o Barbro Nordstrand

  5. Ervin H Stark November 16, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Condolences to you Virgil on the loss of Delores. I am fine, spending 6 months in Fl and 6 months on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
    Ervin Stark

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