Erna LundgrenErna Lundgren, 90, Wahpeton, ND, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at St. Catherine's Living Center, Wahpeton ND. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton with The Rev. Morris Stephens officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10 at Willow Creek Chapel with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Erna Ann Doerr was born February 24, 1922 at Brownton, Minnesota to Elsie (Albrecht) and Arthur Doerr. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Brownton, Minnesota. She attended Lutheran Elementary School and Brownton High School graduating in 1940. She was united in marriage to Verlin Lundgren on July 5, 1941. They made their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota until Verlin was called into military service in 1944. Erna, along with son Warren, followed Verlin to his many duty stations. She returned to Brownton living there while Verlin was overseas, and for several years after with Verlin when he returned from service. She and Verlin then started their own electrical and appliance business at Frederic, Wisconsin where she ran the office and store part of the business until 1954. They moved to Wahpeton when Verlin accepted a position as Electrical Instructor at NDSCS. Erna was a stay-at-home mother until she began employment as secretary at the Wahpeton Central Elementary and Junior High School from 1965 to 1984 which she enjoyed very much. She is fondly remembered by many former students for her smile and caring way. After her retirement, she organized office procedures for Richland- Wilkin County United Way from1985 to 1986. Erna was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton singing in the church choir, serving as Sunday School teacher, Secretary of the Church Council for several terms, and holding offices in Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She was president of NDSCS Faculty Wives, active in Cub and Girls Scouts, and was Historian for Hafner Miller Ross Post 20 of the American Legion Auxiliary. Erna was also active in the Arthritis Support group, Friends of the Leach Library and a member of the Wahpeton Homemakers since 1954.