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Marjorie L. Laughnan

Marjorie L.


Marjorie Louise Laughnan, 92, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at her home. She was born August 29, 1925, in Hager City, Wisconsin, to Phillip and Elsie (Raethcke) Ross and grew up in Red Wing. As a young woman, her sisters nicknamed her "Torchy" an endearing name that stuck with her throughout her life. She met her husband, Elmer Laughnan, and an adorable couple they were. The two were married on April 9, 1947 and at the time of his passing in 2002, they had celebrated 55 years of marriage. Marge had worked at Red Wing Shoe Company, Riedell Skates and had waitressed at Bob's Lunch, St. James Hotel and the Red Wing Country Club. She ended her working years as a "lunch lady" at the Red Wing Central High School, where she served and fed hundreds of high schoolers.

Marge was a member of the Church of St. Joseph, the Leo C. Peterson American Legion #54 & Burnson-Lillyblad VFW #1218 Auxiliaries. In their younger years, she and Elmer enjoyed dancing and roller skating and as they matured, they enjoyed Saturday shopping trips, playing cards and occasionally, a trip to the casino.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Bonnie (Steve) Flueger of Red Wing and Kathryn (Ronald Harden) Laughnan of Eugene, OR; grandchildren, Kelsy & Jenna Laughnan both of Portland, OR and Maggie (Eric) Hawkenson of Red Wing; great-granddaughter, Stevee Hawkenson; brother, Lyle (Inez) Ross of Hager City; sister, Joyce (Haggstrom) of Orland, FL and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 6 sisters; 1 brother; husband, Elmer and a great-grandson, Cooper Hawkenson.

Mass of the Resurrection will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at the Church of St. Joseph with Father Thomas M. Kommers presiding. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and the RW Mayo Clinic Hospice for all the care and support they provided for Marjorie throughout her illness.

Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at