Lorna Marie (Lorenson) Flaten, 95Lorna Marie (Lorenson) Flaten of Zumbrota, Minn., and formerly of Kenyon, Minn., passed away on Thursday, April 26, at Zumbrota Care Center, at the age of 95.
Lorna Marie (Lorenson) Flaten of Zumbrota, Minn., and formerly of Kenyon, Minn., passed away on Thursday, April 26, at Zumbrota Care Center, at the age of 95.
Lorna was born on Feb. 11, 1917, in the family living area of the Skyberg cheese factory in Skyberg, Minn. The daughter and eldest child of Lewis and Olga (Johnson) Lorenson. Lorna could have been named Lois Marie, but her father's wishes prevailed and she was named Lorna. Lewis was the cheese maker at Skyberg and moved his family to rural Cannon Falls when Lorna was about 7 years old.
She attended the country school at Poe's Corner in rural Cannon Falls where she received an 8th grade diploma. She attended the Cannon Falls High School through 10th grade and then accepted domestic work with different families in the area in an effort to help out her family during the Depression.
Lorna was united in marriage to Howard Ferdinand Flaten on Nov. 4, 1939, at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church parsonage in Cannon Falls. They lived and farmed in Wanamingo Township until they moved to Kenyon in 1990. They were married for 60 years and were blessed with five children.
Lorna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; two sisters, Jeannette and Janice; one brother, Lowell; and son-in-law Bob Blakstad.
She is survived by one son, Roger (and Janice) Flaten of Cannon Falls; four daughters, Joanne Flaten of Delano, Judy Blakstad of Zumbrota, Lois (and Donald) Dankers of Goodhue, Nancy Robles of Zumbrota; one brother, Dale (and Violet) Lorenson of Cannon Falls; 11 grandchildren, Wendy (and Charlie) Simons of Cannon Falls, Bruce (and Cindy) Flaten of Cannon Falls, Brian (and Diana) Flaten of Rush City, Daniel (and Dr. Alyson) Blakstad of Watertown, Eric Blakstad of Zumbrota, Patricia (and Jay) McNamara of La Crosse, Wis., Jane (and Mark) Bortnem of Maple Grove, Amy (and Steve) Hinrichs of Plainview, Annette Dankers of Plainview, Kevin (and Robyn) Dankers of Goodhue, Rick Robles of Zumbrota; 25 great-grandchildren who were a very special part of her life and always put a smile on her face; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, Kenyon, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Holden Lutheran Church with The Reverend Heather Culuris officiating. Lorna will be buried next to her husband, Howard, in the Holden Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Holden Lutheran Church, Holden Cemetery Fund, Holden Park Fund, or donor's choice.
For Lorna's full obituary, please go to michaelsonfuneral.com.
Michaelson Funeral Home, 514 Third St., Kenyon, MN 55946, 507-451-7943.
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