AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME
LuDean Pontius, of Peoria, AZ, formerly of Mora, MN died on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Sun City, AZ. She was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.
VISITATION will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th at the funeral home; plus one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
BURIAL will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
LuDean Mary Pontius, of Surprise, Arizona, formerly of Mora, Minnesota passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 surrounded by her family at the Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Arizona. She was 86 years old.
LuDean was born on June 29, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents John and Mary (Schevcheck) Harmsen. When she was a young child, her parents both died from Tuberculosis and by nine years old she was alone. LuDean grew up in the Glen Lake Sanatorium. When she was only 10 years old, she was treated and survived an experimental and invasive surgery to remove the Tuberculosis from her femur bone. LuDean lived with the effects of the disease and surgery throughout her life but never let it slow her down.
LuDean was taken in by Victor and Muriel Hansen, became a sister to their three children, John, Judy, and Jerome. LuDean attended Minneapolis West High School. She graduated in 1951. She was presented with a full ride scholarship to art school but turned it down to marry the love of her life, Ellsworth “Al” William Pontius. The couple were married on July 21, 1951 and made their home in Minneapolis. LuDean was told she would never be able to have children because of the surgery, but was blessed with three, Micheal, Jeffrey, and Susan. The family moved to the Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis where they bought the Pontius family home from Al’s parents. In 1967 they purchased a property on the Snake River north of Mora – LuDean and Al retired to this home in 1991. After being taught to shoot by Bonnie Berg of Ogilvie, LuDean became an avid deer and bear hunter. She was proud to hold the women’s Minnesota record for the largest black bear shot, weighing more than 500 pounds. LuDean enjoyed a 50+ year friendship with Marie Shepherd and their families enjoyed camping while growing up together.
In 2003, LuDean and Al moved to Surprise, Arizona where they built their dream home. They enjoyed the warm climate and truly enjoyed their home and friendships over the next 15 years. Al’s health began to decline and he passed away on September 24, 2014. After being married for 63 years, LuDean could never fully embrace Al’s death. LuDean was blessed with a dear friend Ilene Perkins, who helped her with many things in her final years. LuDean suffered a mini-stroke in the spring of 2018 and her health began to decline. In her final hours she called out three things; “tell Jeff, I love him”; “I’m ready to go – Let me go”; and in the last hour of her life, she called out for Al many times before passing away peacefully.
LuDean is preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Harmsen and Victor and Muriel Hansen, daughter Susan Lynn LuDean Pontius, and beloved husband Ellsworth “Al” Pontius.
She is survived by her sons Micheal (Rose) and Jeffrey; grandchildren, James Pontius, Jessica (Corey) Hoffmann, Ryan Pontius, Bonny (Scott) Wilming, Cindy Mosher, James (Thuy Diep) Mosher; great-grandchildren, Phoenix Hoffmann, Cash Hoffmann, Shyler Wilson, Justin Wilming, Elijah Coleman, Maximus Mosher, and Mason Mosher; two great great grandsons DeAngelo and DeNahi; siblings, John (Sharon) Hansen, Judy Hansen, and Jerome “Jerry” Hansen; many other relatives and friends.