Marian I. Cordes, 89Marian Ida Cordes, 89, of Red Wing, died Thursday, July 26, at the Mayo Health Systems-Red Wing Hospital.
Marian Ida Cordes, 89, of Red Wing, died Thursday, July 26, at the Mayo Health Systems-Red Wing Hospital.
She was born on the family farm on Sept. 28, 1922, to Henry and Edna (Schafer) Abraham. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City, and in 1940, she married Ray Cordes at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. During World War II, they lived in Vancouver, Wash., where Ray worked in the shipyards, and they later returned to Minnesota and lived in Red Wing. Marian had worked part time at JCPenney’s and also at Ferrin’s Furniture, though she greatly enjoyed being at home, being a homemaker and tending to her flower gardens. During the 1980s, she and Ray moved to Arizona and returned to live in Red Wing in 1985. Ray died in 2010.
Marian’s talents were many, as she was an expert at sewing, needlework, knitting, weaving, quilt making, Hardanger, and other crafts. She also enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. Marian was a longtime member of United Lutheran Church and had also been a member of a county homemaker’s extension club.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Bryan) Hagen of Kenyon; two grandchildren, David Pederson and Robin Johnson, both of Minneapolis; three great-grandchildren, Bunny, Darcy, and Libby Johnson; brother, Lloyd (Joan) Abraham of Lake City; and three sisters-in-law, Fern Feindt of Red Wing, Robin (Dick) Burkard of Burnsville, and Georgene Cordes of Apple Valley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, and two sisters, Jean Tilderquist and Muriel Albrecht.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at United Lutheran Church with Reverend Steve Timm officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the church.
To send online condolences, visit www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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