AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Sigrid Kerr, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at FirstLight Health System in Mora. She was 88 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Sigrid Marie Esther Kerr (Ramstad) died Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at the age of 88 after a brief illness. She was born October 10, 1927 in Spring Grove, MN to Arthur and Nora (Blexrund) Ramstad. Raised on their Houston County Farm with her sister Joanne, she graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1944.
She attended St. Olaf College 1944-1948 where she majored in Home Economics graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree. While at St. Olaf, she met her future husband, Jay Kerr Jr., who was a returning GI. They were married July 27th, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, MN.
She taught Home Economics for two years in Mora High School from 1948-1950, her first position after college. Once married, she devoted herself to the duties of homemaker. The couple was blessed with two children: Bruce Jay Arthur Kerr, born March 9th, 1952 and Steven Robert George Kerr, born August 11, 1954. The family moved regularly during the early years, living in Aitkin-McGregor, Granite Falls, and Marshall, Minnesota, and also Mitchell, South Dakota. During this time Sigrid substitute taught and took courses, and was careful not to let her teaching certification lapse. In the early 1960’s an opening in the Kanabec County Social Services Office brought the family back to Mora where Sig and Jay lived the rest of their lives and became part of the community.
With school aged children, Sigrid re-entered the teaching profession and taught Home Economics at Ogilvie High School for 28 years. She taught generations of students and saw the profession develop to teach boys as well as girls the necessary and important skills of parenting, self-care and the care of others. Sig had many happy memories of her years in Ogilvie High School and always appreciated her professional colleagues and her students and their families.
Sig and Jay enjoyed being together. They had season tickets to the Gopher’s Football games for many years and loved the friends they made there. They also took many camping trips in their Born Free Camper. Sig also enjoyed fishing and was a very capable hunter of duck and pheasant, as well.
Sig and Jay were active in the community. They joined Grace Lutheran Church and developed many close and lasting relationships there. Sig, a woman of deep and abiding faith, was active in bible study, women’s circle, and participated regularly in Council and committee assignments. And, through it all, and to the end of her days, she was a lioness in intercessory prayer. She had the ability to look beyond the day to day struggles of a busy life to the glories of the life to come. We coveted her prayers as a family and will be much comforted to think that her intercessions continue even now in the company of the Heavenly Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents Art and Nora, her husband, Jay, her sister, Joanne Struss, and her daughter in law, Lisa Kerr.
She is survived by sons, Bruce and Steve (Kathy) Kerr; grandchildren, Karl, Jesse, Adam (Abby), and Ryan (Katie) Kerr; great grandchildren, Nora, Macy, Grady, and Hadley and many other relatives and friends.