Maree Nordenstrom, of Mora, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at the New Perspective Care Center in Columbia Heights. She was 97 years old.
A public celebration of Maree’s life is being planned for the spring of 2022.
Memorials are preferred to: Kick Cancer to the Curb, Dala Heritage, or the Kanabec Historical Society.
Lena Maree (Holladay) Nordenstrom, of Mora, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at the New Perspective Senior Living in Columbia Heights. She was 97 years old.
Lena, lovingly known as Maree, was born April 25, 1924 in Chanute, Kansas to Joseph and Gladys (Bartlett) Holladay. Maree graduated high school from Chanute and then attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, majoring in music.
Maree was married on July 7, 1945 to Bernard Nordenstrom. After his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, they moved to Mora, Minnesota, where they lived their entire married life. Maree used her musical training to serve as a piano and organ teacher for 60 plus years. She was a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and served four years in the office of sight playing Administrator and also a member of the East Central Keyboard Teachers Association. As a member of the Mora United Methodist Church, she served as the church organist for 74 years. She held many positions in the church, including, Trustee, Board Member, worship committee and President of the Mora United Methodist Women. She also helped direct Youth and senior choirs.
Maree was a member of the Mora Women’s Club, serving one term as President, a member of the Eastern Star, serving as organist, a member of the Dala Heritage Society, serving as the Secretary, a member of the Dala Folk Dancers and a lifetime member of the Kanabec Historical Society. Maree held the position of office manager for Bernard Nordenstrom Construction from 1957 until her retirement. Maree was a dedicated and strong supporter of Mora, investing in real estate and supporting many civic and religious organizations in the community.
Maree and Bernard enjoyed spending time traveling in the US and Europe for many years. They loved spending winters in Mesa, Arizona.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Bernard and daughter Marsha Knuth.
She is survived by her children, David (Ginny), Tom (June). Holly (Chaz) Carroll, and BJ (Mary); son-in-law Thomas Knuth; brother Marvin Holladay; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
A public celebration of Maree’s life is being planned for the spring of 2022. Memorials are preferred to, Kick Cancer to the Curb, Dala Heritage, or the Kanabec Historical Society.