AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Everett Nordenstrom, of Mora, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 99 years old.
A GATHERING OF FRIENDS will be held from 2:30 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Mora United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Everett Charles Nordenstrom passed away on September 11, 2015 and almost made it to 100 years! He was born to J.B. and Selma (Bredemeier) Nordenstrom on December 27, 1915 in Ogilvie, Minnesota, the first of seven children.
He grew up on a farm north of Ann Lake and he was a very happy young man once he was able to leave the farm behind him. Farming was just not his thing but he had a strong admiration for the farmers that stuck with the farm endeavors. He only attended school through the seventh grade because he needed to go to work to help support the family. Even though he was not able to finish school it was amazing how he could calculate figures so quickly in his head. He attributed his additional learning to his wife, Ellen. Everett enjoyed going to dances in his younger years, especially on Saturday nights when the family would host a barn dance on the farm; could he ever dance! Late during WWII he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent six months helping build an atomic bomb plant, gas plants for aircraft, and other sorts of building sites in Aruba.
His main trade was as a plasterer and was foreman for Peterson-Hede for 45 years. He loved his work and he was very good at it working on many well-known buildings throughout the Twin Cities (Orchestra Hall, Hennepin County Courthouse, Minneapolis -St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport) and the upper Midwest. Everett was a humble man – he knew Frank Lloyd Wright and no one even knew it until he was late in his eighties. Much of his work took him to North Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, etc. but there wasn’t a weekend that he didn’t go home to be with his family.
For many years he spent the winters living in Chandler, Arizona where he was ‘retired’ but spent most of the time as a handyman. There was always a neighbor that had something to fix, repair or build. There’s no way Everett could ever just relax and enjoy the day!
His passion was flying. He had various planes which were always hangered at the Mora airport. Sometimes at night he would go to the airport and spend the evening alone in the air. If there was a youngster at the airport, he would many times take them along. On occasion he would fly to his job depending on what state it was in. He enjoyed every single minute he spent in the air… he even liked hangar flying (just sitting in the plane when the weather did not cooperate). His other great love (other than family, of course!) was spending time at Mille Lacs Lake where he had different cabins. The family spent many weekends enjoying boating and fishing during the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.
If someone asked him for his advice on his longevity, he would tell them to get out and find something to do as one always feels better when they’ve accomplished some sort of work; don’t just sit around. He believed it made life worthwhile and his family believes it is the reason for his long life.
Most important to Everett were his family (four children, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren). He was very, very proud of his family (although he would often give Ellen credit for his great kids) and he set a great example for them to follow. Everett had a strong Christian conviction even though he wasn’t a church-goer and believed people need to have commitment and morals to make this a good world to live in.
Everett is survived by three children: Phyllis Ruth Junnila (Tom), Mora, Everett Gerald Nordenstrom (Diana Hansen), St. Anthony, and Janet Maree Sigstad (Jack), Mora; eight grandchildren: Eric Nordenstrom (Shiloh), Kirk Nordenstrom (Kasia), Steven Sigstad (Nancy), David Junnila, Julie Nordenstrom Bowers (Trapper), Christine Junnila (Jamie Sirek), Andrea Sigstad Dingmann (Chad), and Trisha Sigstad Gravning (Daryl); eleven great grandchildren: Zander Gravning, Natalie Sigstad, Selma Dingmann, Lindsay Sigstad, John Dingmann, James Gravning, Everett Bowers, Emma Sirek, Jerrica Goines, Troy Jones, and Kirk Jones; four sisters: Audrey Fairchild, Gladys Krenek, Martha Sather, and Phyllis Kuluvar; and sisters-in-law Maree Nordenstrom and Maryon Nordenstrom. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, of 65 years, son Jim, infant granddaughter Kara Beth, and brothers Bernard Nordenstrom and Wally Nordenstrom.
A celebration of Everett’s life will be held at the Mora United Methodist Church on September 26 from 2:30 to 4:00. If you knew Everett, please come and share your memories of him with his family and friends.