SIGRID KERR

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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.

18 guestbook entries for SIGRID KERR

  1. Dianne Sanden Febles October 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    I am saddened to hear of Mrs. Kerr’s passing, She was the best Home Economics teacher! I have such fond memories of her leading us through sewing projects, cooking, and learning the essentials of running a household. She introduced us to recipes, budgeting strategies, and color wheels. She inspired many of us to be leaders through Future Homemakers of America and taught us all skills that would help us through adulthood. I spoke with her at St. Clare’s on several of my visits back to Minnesota and she always relayed her interest in our careers and family. I know that she had a huge impact on me becoming and educator and for that I will always be grateful to her. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  2. Lucy October 14, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Sorry for your loss. She was my teacher. Lucy

  3. Cookie Kilian October 14, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    Profoundly sorry for your loss. She was a great woman and I loved her dearly. I will never forget her grabbing my ear and banging my head against that of my partner in crime, when we were naughty in class. Old school punishment, well deserved and we respected her for it. Nothing but fond memories. She spent most of my adult years trying to get me to call her Sigrid, but that would NEVER do, she was and always will be Mrs. Kerr. <3

  4. Terri Amundson October 14, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    My condolences to her family. So sad to hear she has passed away. She was a great teacher and wonderful person.

  5. Heather Johnson October 15, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great teacher, May she be at peace

  6. Vicki Milbradt October 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    So sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful lady. She was also my teacher, but I got to know her better in the last few years. I enjoyed visiting with her at St. Claires and we would often talk about the old days at OHS. I did finally manage to call her Sig, which she insisted on. My sincere sympathies to her family.

  7. Merlin and Mikie Smith October 15, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    I had Sig as a teacher– In fact she rented a room at our house her first year– then later we were neighbors after we both had kids. I loved her and am so sorry Bruce and Steve. She is going to be missed. I wish we could be there to see you boys.

  8. MargieVogel Bertilson October 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    My sincere sympathies to the family of Mrs. Kerr…I had her for Home Ec in Ogilvie. She left me with many happy memories and the knowledge she gave me will continue for a lifetime. She was a great lady.

  9. MaryAnn (Sawatzky) Vogel October 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    My condolences to the family. May God bless each and everyone and surround you in all in his loving arms during this most difficult time. May you all find peace and joy in your fond memories of your mother and grandmother.

  10. Byron Lindaman October 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    I taught with Sig for many years at the Ogilvie Public School. She was truly a professional. She treated everyone with class. At faculty meetings, when Sig offered her input everyone was tuned in because it was always words of wisdom. She had a profound impact on her students and colleagues alike. A great role model for everyone!.

  11. Valerie Bridgman October 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Kerr family. I would always stop by and say a quick hello at the nursing home when I was visiting mydad. She seemed to remember me stopping by their home several Christmas eves to drop off a gift for my best and longest friend Kathy.

  12. Eunice (Kahle) Weckwerth October 17, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    My mom (Beatrice Kahle) was at St. Clare’s for a short time before she passed away. My mom remembered Sig from years back, both being members of Grace Lutheran Church. Sig would stop in my moms room periodically to see if she could get her to participate in events provided. I didn’t know Sig before, but would visit with her at times when I was to see my mother. She was extremely pleasant at all times when we visited. I am pretty sure she will be missed by all the people at St. Clare’s, not to mention all the peoples lives she must have touched over the years. Wonderful memories for the family she has left behind. Eunice Weckwerth

  13. Diane (Gunter) Johnson October 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    I remember calling her Mrs. Kerr and when we came into class, she was a warm and truly wonderful teacher. I have thought of my teachers over the years, and she is one who comes to mind often. We all laughed when someone put a noisy cushion on her chair, she got quite the giggle out of that. RIP dear lady, you will be missed by many. I learned a lot about life in her class.

  14. Leonard Myrah October 23, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Sympathy from a former neighbor growing up in rural Spring Grove.

  15. Marilyn(Myrah) Bunge October 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

    My sympathy to Sigrid’s family from a family friend and neighbor growing up in rural Spring Grove MN.

  16. Evelyn Fruechte Estenson October 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    I went to country school with Sigrid. My sympathy to her family.

  17. Eloise (Myrah) Hoff October 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    My sympathy to Sigrid’s family. from another Spring Grove friend. My sister Norma was a classmate of Joanne’s and our parents were friends.

  18. Diane Raivo Cunningham October 28, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Mrs. Kerr was a friend of our family and it is sad to see a mother leave us. I know the boys as they were also close friends of my brothers. Our parents were very proud of all of us kids. May God send good memories to the family.

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