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MAREE NORDENSTROM

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

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. 

 

6 thoughts on “MAREE NORDENSTROM”

  1. Mavis Burk I will truly miss her happy face, wonderful music and great conversations at church. Remember when we put the blocks under the organ bench so she could play her lovely music for the service one Sunday. She played for our wedding in 1958, thank you Maree. I, along with many others will miss her. Prayers and Peace to her family.

  2. Maree was a wonderful person and an amazing musician. She accompanied me when I played my flute for my mother’s funeral. She was very patient and helpful as my skills are minimal. Maree was incredibly gracious. (My mom was a Nordenstrom, Calla) Maree also was quick witted which I truly enjoyed. My love and condolences for her family and friends.

  3. Maree was a beautiful human being, a fine musician and fabulous teacher. I studied piano and organ with her from childhood until I went off to college to pursue music. Not only did she equip me for my life in music—more importantly—she saw me, encouraged me, believed in me. She gave me more than she ever know. She was a truly great lady whose memory I will always cherish.

  4. Sometimes the words “Hero” and “Treasure” get overused but, Maree truly was a Treasure. Her years of service to UMC Mora and to the community are greatly appreciated. She will be missed. Prayers to the Nordenstrom family. Bob & Melanie Halverson

  5. Rest in Peace Aunt Maree. Thank you for putting up with us every summer. Lots of good
    memories from summers in Mora.

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