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J. Weidenaar webphotoJon R. Weidenaar, of Hilliard, Florida, died on Aug. 1, 2014.  He was 55 years old.

C. Weidenaar webphotoCalla J. Weidenaar, of Braham, died on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at Cambridge Medical Center.  She was 85 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Jon & Calla will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm. at Braham Ev. Lutheran Church in Braham.  Rev. Rich Chronis will be officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be in Grasston Union cemetery, Grasston, Minnesota.

Calla Joyce Weidenaar went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 30, 2014. She was born to Fred and Ruth (Hasbrook) Nordenstrom on May 26, 1929 in Hinckley, Minnesota. Calla once told her parents they were brave to have a child at the start of the depression. She attended grade school in Brook Park and Grasston and graduated from Braham High School in 1947. She attended Minnesota Business College in Minneapolis, Minnesota until her mother’s health required her to come home and provide care for her.

While living at home Calla worked at the First National Bank of Braham (now the Pizza Pub) and it was there she caught the eye of Grass Lake Township farmer, Elkie Weidenaar.  After a few failed attempts, Elkie finally secured a date with Calla. On their first date Calla pointed out the Brunswick Baptist Church and remarked “I taught Bible school here.” Elkie replied, “I wouldn’t marry a girl who didn’t go to church.”
Elkie and Calla were married August 27, 1948. To this union five children were born: Bill, Teresa, Carol, Becky, and Jon. Besides proudly being a farmer’s wife and mother of five, Calla worked as a nurse’s aide at the Braham Community Hospital, a bookkeeper at Dahlman Manufacturing and a cashier at Kline Oil. Besides holding down full-time jobs, Calla was active in the Braham Covenant Church.  In the mid-1980s Calla and Elkie retired and settled in Hilliard Florida. There they made many friendships through church and work. Calla worked for 20 years as an In-Take clerk for the State of Florida Health Department. Every job Calla had she was truly dedicated and devoted to the task at hand.

Calla is survived by her husband, Elkie; son, Bill (Sherry) Weidenaar; daughters, Teresa Hasbrook, Carol Fiedler (Rick) Brandt, Becky Anderson; and daughter-in-law, Julie Weidenaar. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Audrey Nordenstrom, Jan Nordenstrom, Bonnie Nordenstrom, Grace (Wes) Lundeen, Jennie Hanson as well as many friends in Minnesota and Florida.

Calla was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Fred, Dick, Len, and Lloyd; sister, Edythe as well as infant brothers and sisters. Also preceding Calla in death was her son, Jon; grandson, Jason; great-granddaughter, Olivia as well as five sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law.

Calla will be remembered for her gifts of nurturing, culinary skills, and creative handwork; however, she will mostly be remembered for her gifts of friendship and hospitality.


Jon Richard Weidenaar, very peacefully, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 1, 2014, at the Fernandina Beach Hospice in Florida.  He was 55 years, 6 months & 9 days.

Jon was born to Elkie & Calla (Nordenstrom) Weidenaar on January 23, 1959, in Braham.  Jon attended Braham Schools and graduated in 1977.
In 1977 he married Dianna Behnke of St Francis, they had two daughters, Jaclyn & Jessica.  In 1978 he entered the United States Navy and served in Florida.  In 1983 he married Julie Tipp, and three more children completed their family, Brian, Sam and Joe.
Jon drove ‘Heavy Haul’ semi for 21 years throughout the South and East with access to all ports.

Jon was preceded in death by his granddaughter Olivia Hubbart; Paternal Grandparents William and Grace Weidenaar, Maternal Grandparents Fred and Ruth Nordenstrom, nephew Jason Boeck, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jon is survived by his parents Elkie & Calla Weidenaar, wife Julie, children Jaclyn (Jon) Hubbart, Jessica (Durell) Edwards, Brian Tipp, Sam Ervin, Joe (Holly) Weidenaar, grandchildren Jared & Jackson Hubbart, Jacob Weidenaar, Darius Edwards, Kaylee, Shelby and Amber Ervin and Shyanne Bell, brother Bill (Sherry) Weidenaar, sisters Teresa Hasbrook, Carol Fiedler (Rick) Brandt, Becky Anderson, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and cousins.


  1. I couldn’t have asked for a better mother. Thank you for everything Mom. I’m so glad you have been reunited with Jon….and Jon, please take good care of Mom. With much love!

  2. Elkie, Teresa, Carol, Bill, Becky and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Calla. She was a loving aunt, mother, wife, and grandmother. Jon, Jason, Ronnie and Mom and Dad have welcomed you in to your heavenly home. I will deeply miss you, Calla.

    Love always,


  3. It is so sad to see the last of the Nordenstrom siblings go. She lived a full and happy life. I can still hear mom and Calla talking about how they grew up. When Mom was in the hospital Calla came to see her here in Boston. While she was here she baked us a pie and spent the day with mom in the hospital. Mom and Calla were always full of story’s. I loved listening to all the family history. With her goes much knowledge. I will miss her family updates. My heart goes out to Elkie who has lost the love of his life. I always enjoyed going to collect the milk from the farms when he worked for Land O’Lakes. The one consolation is he has 4 remaining children who love him dearly.
    It is also sad to hear about Jon. He was very young. My heart goes out to his family.
    My family will put Aunt Calla and Jon in our prayers.

  4. Dear Ones,
    I treasure my last chat with Calla and I know how much love you all bear her. She is in glory now with her son and I know that gives you the strength to carry on.

  5. For our Mom,

    Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
    Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
    Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
    Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.

    Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow.
    Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn’t always show.
    Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach.
    Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.

    Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harm’s way.
    Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say.
    Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree.
    Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be.

    Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work,
    Her hand now needs my gentle touch to rub away the hurt.
    Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be.
    Her hands are the reason I am me.

  6. This is for our brother, Jon. In his last days, he spoke of being in a beautiful church and our Grandpa Fred was there to help him:

    I took a trip to heaven
    But only in my mind
    I wanted to know what it’s like
    To leave all you love behind.
    So I closed my eyes, and started to see
    Just how beautiful heaven can be.

    I could see the pearly gates of white
    and behind them was the most radiant light.
    I saw an angel as she was passing by
    so incredibly beautiful that a tear fell from my eye.
    Everyone looked perfect and with the angels they did sing
    There are no earthly words to describe the beauty of their wings.

    As I sat on a bench in the most incredible garden
    I asked God for all of my sins to be pardoned
    I took one last look at all of the beauty around
    And when I opened my eyes, it was peace that I found.

  7. Please accept my sympathies on the passing of your loved ones. Jon sat in front of me in drivers ed in high school, and I am pretty sure he knew how to drive a car before he took that class. He was a very nice guy. We had great fun. Praying for your strength as your loved ones move on ahead.

  8. You have our sympathies. It is very difficult to lose a brother and a mother so near in time. May the Lord surround you with his loving arms.

  9. I want to send my deepest sympathies for the loss of your wife, mother, son and brother. I’ve known them my entire adult life. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to know them all these years. Calla was such a loving and giving person and will greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and hope you can find peace and comfort in this time of loss.
    Love, Dave

  10. I have been blessed to have had Mom and Dad living with me for the past 3 1/2 years. Over this period of time, we enjoyed Mom’s remembrances of the past, her laughter, her giving spirit , her talents in cooking, mending, decorating, etc.. If family was coming for a visit, she always made sure that she had their favorites waiting for them. (Head Cheese, beet pickles, strawberry/rhubarb pie, cinnamon rolls, Ole Kuechen, potatoes & kale). I jokingly told Dad, one night after a delicious meal that Mom had fixed, that if Mom were to pass before him, he was going to be in trouble – as I would then become the chief cook.
    Over the time that Mom was with us, we watched as each day her health struggles continued to get worse – she was growing so tired. While we miss her presence every day, we praise God for his grace that released her from all her pain and suffering.
    Thank you Mom for all that you were to each and every one of us!!

  11. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. A mother and a brother are both so hard to lose. I will be at my class reunion next weekend and feel so bad because I won’t get to see you or give you a hug. Some day soon. Take care.

  12. When I was just a young boy, several of us Braham town kids were out for bike rides and up at the Weidenaar house. We were all thirsty, so we went up to the house to see about a glass of water. Calla knew most of us from church so she had us in for fresh cookies and kool aide( or something like that). Calla would ask me every once and a while if I was coming out for some more cookies. She was such a nice lady. May her memory be blessed. Alan Johnson

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