Marie Salmonson of Cambridge, formerly of Mora, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at GracePointe Crossing West Gables of Cambridge. She was 98 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held al 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Mora with Rev. Vic Elfstrom presiding.
VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service at 10:00 am at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemtery of Mora.
In lieu of Flowers, Memorial may be given in Marie’s Memory to the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Mora or Bethel University.
Marie Irene Salmonson of Cambridge, formerly of Mora, passed way on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Grace Pointe Crossing Gables West of Cambridge. She was 98 years old.
Marie Salmonson was born November 18, 1911 as the second of three daughters to Victor and Carrie Skogman. She entered the world in a house in Mora across the street from her parents’ home. She was very close to her parents and her two sisters Margaret and Jeanne. In 1925, after attending school in Mora, Marie entered Bethel Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota. At first she was homesick and came home at Christmas to finish her freshman year in Mora. Then she went back to Bethel for the remainder of High School. She cleaned the house where she lived in order to pay her room and board. While at Bethel, she took violin lessons at McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. Marie graduated as an Honor Student on June 7, 1929.
Over 50 years later, she provided the following information to the Bethel Alumni Association: “The Monday following my graduation from the Academy in 1929, I was offered employment in the office of the County Auditor in my home town of Mora, Minnesota and since it was difficult to find a job in 1929, I gladly accepted. I intended to stay and work in Mora for awhile and, when conditions improved, I would seek employment in the Twin City area. However, I continued to work in the County Auditor’s office in the position of Deputy Auditor until July 1, 1938 when I was appointed and thereafter elected to the office of Kanabec County Auditor. Every four years, the electors of this county returned me to that office which position I held until my retirement on January 1, 1976.”
On November 9, 1935, Marie was married to Theodore Salmonson. He served in the armed forces during World War II from 1942 to 1945. On his return home, it was discovered that he had tuberculosis and he was hospitalized in the Veteran’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Marie’s husband Ted passed away on September 8, 1949.
Marie’s youngest sister, Jeanne, her husband Louis and their children lived with her in Mora after Ted’s death. Their family meant much to her in making it possible to continue to enjoy real home life with a Christian Family. Marie’s oldest sister, Margaret, her husband George, and their family also lived in Mora. Margaret’s four children had also been a special part of her life.
Emmanuel Baptist Church was first organized in 1937. Marie was privileged to be a charter member and has considered Emmanuel to be her church home her entire life. It has been a real joy for her to observe its growth spiritually as well as in membership. Marie served in various capacities including Treasurer and Clerk. She also played the piano and organ.
In July of 1988, Marie sold the house in Mora. Along with Louis and Jeanne, she rented an apartment at The Cliffs in Minnetonka. Just prior to moving from Mora, Marie also added a companion, Buffy, a beautiful Bichon Frise. She loved that dog and he was her constant companion until his death in 2000. After Buffy, came Ozzie (who belonged to a friend). Marie and that dog cared for each other until 2006 when Ozzie died.
Jeanne’s husband Louis passed away in 2002 and Marie and Jeanne continued to live in the apartment until 2006. At that point they were both in need of additional care and moved to GracePointe Crossing (formerly Grandview) in Cambridge. Although it became more difficult for her to move around, Marie still could remember the old times. She never forgot who Jeanne was or any of the relatives who came to visit. She missed her dogs, but she was able to find some comfort in a couple of stuffed dogs that were given to her.
Marie will be remembered fondly by all. She set an example of dedication, integrity, generosity, and diligence that inspired many of us in ways that we may never fully comprehend.
She will be missed, but we know that she is now in a much better place. Marie is survived by her youngest sister, Jeanne, and her much-loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Carrie, her oldest sister Margaret, and her beloved husband Ted.
A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Mora with Rev. Vic Elfstrum presiding. Casket Bearers were Doug Palermo, Dan Palermo, Jeff Palermo, Paul Palermo, David Christian Palermo, and Scott Pederson. Music was provided by Dean and Sara Palermo and Carol Reynolds. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora. Arrangements were entrusted to the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.
The family requests that any memorials honoring Marie’s life be given to Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota or Emmanuel Baptist Church, Mora, Minnesota.