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Published January 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Marian N. Wegner

Marian N. Wegner, 94, Fargo, ND passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Elim Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Marian Agnes Tonn, the daughter of August and Minnie (Sommerfeld) Tonn, was born on August 24, 1918 and raised on the family farm four and a half miles southwest of Arthur, ND and graduated from Arthur High School. She attended Moorhead State University for two years. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arthur.

Marian N. Wegner

Marian N. Wegner, 94, Fargo, ND passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Elim Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Marian Agnes Tonn, the daughter of August and Minnie (Sommerfeld) Tonn, was born on August 24, 1918 and raised on the family farm four and a half miles southwest of Arthur, ND and graduated from Arthur High School. She attended Moorhead State University for two years. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arthur.

She married Elmer Kae Nelson in February 1939. The wedding and dance at the Old Arthur Town Hall had to be postponed a day because of a blizzard. They farmed near Erie, North Dakota and had four children together. Elmer was killed in a car accident in 1950. Now a widowed mother of four, Marian moved to Fargo where she met and married Herman F. Wegner in 1954 and completed her role of raising her children.

When her children were of school age she attended Dakota Business College. She accepted the position of registrar at Central High School in Fargo. After the school burned down she finished her working career at South High School retiring after 24 years with the Fargo School System. When the children were grown and scattered around the country, they all received weekly carbon-copied letters. Her handwriting was perfect.

She so enjoyed her summers at the cabin on Big Floyd Lake, spending time with her family. She was famous for her peanut butter rolls, apple salad, lemon bars and meat loaf. On rainy days the family crowded around the big dining room table and played race horse solitaire.

Marian loved to read. After her retirement, every three weeks became “Library Tuesday.” She would check out 14 books for her next three week reading frenzy. Every book had to be read by the end of the three weeks which meant all night reading sessions and it continued right up till the end. An end table always had a cross word puzzle, book or word search game resting on it. In the living room was a card table with a jig-saw puzzle on it in some stage of completion.

She walked the hallways of Pioneer Assisted Living for four years. Three trips up and down the hallways was a third of a mile and three trips a day completed her mile. Mission accomplished. We want to thank Pioneer Assisted Living and Elim Nursing Home for the wonderful care they gave Marian.

Marian is survived by her daughters; Marjorie (Bob) McKinnon, Dent, MN; Frances (Gaston) Buford, Spring, TX; Susan (Loren) Jensen, Bremerton, WA; son Leroy (Vernice) Wegner, Fargo; grandchildren, Dawn, Peter, Matthew, Carly, Christopher, Katherine, Justin, Alicia, Lindsey, Bryce, Anne; 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; brothers-in-law Norman (Louise) Nelson, Ayr, ND and William McClellan, St. Cloud, MN, sisters-in-law Grace Wegner, Marshall, MN and Betty Wegner, Virginia, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband’s Elmer K. Nelson and Herman F. Wegner, parents August and Minnie Tonn, and seven sisters, Henrietta, Mamie, Leona, Helen, Eleanor, Martha and Margaret.

There will be a prayer service on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at Elim Care Center Chapel, Fargo with visitation starting at 3:00 P.M.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. To view the complete obituary and sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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