AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Gudwren “Goodie” Belkholm, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge, MN . She was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 23 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday.
INTERMENT will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick.
Gudwren “Goodie” Belkholm of Mora, passed away on Sunday January 20, 2019, at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge, MN. She was 86 years old.
Goodie was a Christmas baby, born on the Ellingson farm December 24, 1932 in Northwood, Iowa to Delmer and Alice (Christianson) Ellingson. She was baptized the same day that she was born in 1932 because she was born two months early and the doctor was concerned that she would live. But she was strong right from the beginning and anxious to get busy with life. She grew up in a Christian home and was taught about Jesus from an early age. She attended the Lutheran church in Iowa where they lived. When Goodie was in 4th grade, the family moved from the farm in Hartland to a farm just to the northwest of Mora. She then attended Calvary Lutheran in Mora, where Goodie was confirmed at the age of 15. She attended Mora High and graduated in 1951. In 1952 Goodie moved to Edina and attended Minnesota School of Business of which she graduated and took a job as a receptionist at Slawik Motors. Prior to moving to Edina for school, Goodie met Ken at a Luther League meeting. They dated for over a year and in June of
1953 they were married. In 1954 Goodie and Ken enrolled at Augsburg College. Together they attended various churches around Augsburg. Both Ken and Goodie worked while in college. Goodie worked as a secretary to the dean and president and then later in the Chaplin’s office at Fairview Hospital.
In 1959 Goodie and Ken moved from the apartment at Augsburg to their new home in Fridley. There, Ken and Goodie raised 4 children, Paul, Dana, LuAnn and Brian. During that time Goodie was a homemaker, a Home Ec. Teacher, substitute and a Shaklee Coordinator. They were members at Redeemer Lutheran church where Goodie was very active.
They lived there until 1992 when they “retired” to the farm south of Mora where they built a new home, raised pigs and crops and worked at placing foreign exchange students in homes. At that time, they moved their church membership from Redeemer to Immanuel Lutheran of Brunswick. They also took various trips to many different places both within the states as well as overseas. Goodie stayed at the farm with Ken until November of 2016 when she moved into Scandia House and in December moved to Walker Methodist Laverne so that she could be closer to more of the family.
She loved to read, garden, and walk along the beach and spend time with her family and friends. She was an overachiever when it came to work. She wrote in her book of memories that she liked to help split wood if it wasn’t too cold!
Goodie was preceded in death by her parents, brother Tom Ellingson, brother Dave Ellingson; brother-in-law Bud Humphrey; and grandson Matthew Hiestand.
Goodie is survived by her husband Ken of 64 years of Mora; children Paul (Linda), Dana (Jude), LuAnn (Thad) Hiestand and Brian(Cindy), 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, brother Phil Ellingson, 4 sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.