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