MINNIE FOLKEMA

Minnie Folkema, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at First Light Health Systems. She was 100 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mora with Rev. Duane Fowler officiating.

VISITATION will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

INTERMENT was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Mora.

Minnie Folkema was born November 6, 1911 in a log home in Bozeman, Montana to William and Grace (Siebenza) Weidenaar.  Because she was the oldest of ten children, she was always her dad’s “right hand”.  Minnie could “hitch up” the horses at such a young age that she had to stand on a box to do it.  Before she was 10 years old Minnie could drive horses to do everything needed in the field, from plowing to harvest.  When she was 6 years old they traveled by train to Parkersburg, Iowa, and her dad rode in the box car with the horses.  At 12 years old, the family moved to Owatonna, Minnesota and from there to Pease, Minnesota.  On March 28, 1934 Minnie was united in marriage to Dick Folkema at her parent’s home in Long Siding, Minnesota.  To this union six children were born.  Dick and Minnie moved a few different times before settling on a farm in Brunswick Township that they owned for about 60 years.  In between they moved to Minneapolis where Minnie worked as a wire bender at Parkers Products for three years and then as a fry cook at the Flour Exchange cafeteria for another three years.  Then they moved back to Mora where Minnie was a fry cook for five years at Dibbo’s.  They eventually settled back on the farm and built a new home.  It was at this time they started doing janitorial work for the Kanabec State Bank (17 years) and Mora City Hall (12 years).  They lived there 19 years when Dick passed away in August 1990.  Minnie continued to live there another 6 years, during which time she survived esophageal cancer, before moving into town in 1996.

Minnie was in her glory when she could embroider dishtowels and pillowcases for the kids and grandkids.  Sometimes, she would have fun
hiding cash gifts in those dishtowels.  She enjoyed picking strawberries, gardening, patching clothes, canning, cooking/baking, loved farming and animals.  She just loved hard, fast work!

She was full of love for her family, friends and everyone!  Minnie was always there for her family!  She always had an “open door” policy and time for coffee.  No one ever left her home hungry and, if you did, it was your own fault.

Minnie is survived by son John (Kathy) Folkema of Braham; daughters Grace (Larry) Kleven of Eden Prairie, Elsie (Ronnie) Johnson of Maple Grove, and Donna (Jim) Spangberg of Savage; former daughter in-law Dorothy Jean Folkema; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving is brother Elkie Weidenaar, sisters Anna Osterdyk, Grace Lundeen and Jenny Hanson, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Minnie is preceded in death by husband Dick Folkema, son William and a stillborn son; parents William & Grace Weidenaar, sisters Bertha Bahlman, Hattie Akkerman, Lucy Weidenaar, Lena Stenstrom; brother Johnny Weidenaar.

May the Lord Bless her memory.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 23rd at First Presbyterian Church in Mora with Rev. Duane Fowler officiating.  Music was provided by Becky Fladebo, Rev. Bob DeYoung, Rev. Duane and Robbie Fowler. 
Pallbearers were Joanne Nelson, Joyce Keller, Jerome Folkema, Jimmy
Folkema, Joey Folkema, Jill Folkema, Jeff Folkema, Scott Spangberg, Julie Dunn, Sherry Ernster, Shelly Dahl and Andrea Croaston. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. 

9 guestbook entries for MINNIE FOLKEMA

  1. Carol Brandt April 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Dear Grace, Johnny, Elsie, Donna and your families: I don’t know where to begin to tell you of my love for your mother. I always admired the love and devotion that your Mom and my Dad had for each other as brother and sister. Minnie loved and lived for her family. And the devotion and love all of you showed her and your Dad was so admirable. Minnie was a beloved Matriarch of the Weidenaar Family. My love and thoughts are with you all! I wish I could be there with you. Hugs, Carol

  2. Becky Anderson April 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Aunt Minnie was one beautiful lady! I have many treasured memories of visits and telephone conversations – she would call me up to make sure everything was going ok. She will be lovingly missed by all who knew and loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family.

  3. HAROLD April 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    MINNIE WAS A SWEET AND KIND PERSON AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL REST IN PEACE GREAT FRIEND

  4. G.Ford April 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God’s Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.

  5. Teresa Hasbrook April 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Tante Minnie…”what a wonderful soul. My life is forever blessed because of her presence in my life.

  6. Bill Johnson April 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Minnie will be missed by so many.She was a very sweet and kind person.Her families and friends were so blessed to have her! God bless!

  7. Audrey (Olson)Swedberg April 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Grace and John, my friends from Coin school and Brunswick Lutheran Church, please accept my sincere sympathy in the passing of your mother. Love and prayers to your whole family. You will miss your Mom!

  8. Susan Osterdyk April 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Minnie will be truly missed. Anyone who ever met her loved her. I know my Dad always said Minnie was one of his favorite Aunts. I can remember going to her house with my Mom to visit, my Mom thought so highly of her also. She always made you feel special when you talked to her and I truly admired her love for her family.
    She came up to the farm to visit my Dad days before he passed and we had such a special visit.
    Minnie will always be one of the top people I have ever met that are truly special. My prayers to her children and grandchildren.

  9. Grace Folkema Kleven April 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Its been two years and you will all ways be in our hearts. Love you mom.

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