Arleen Marie Axness, 79, of Leeds, ND, passed away on March 3, 2011, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 5, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mound, MN. The Reverend Barbara Hosmer officiated. Pallbearers included all 5 grandchildren and Jon Nolan, husband of one of her granddaughters.
A local memorial service for Arleen will be held at Leeds Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Richard Budd officiating. Interment will follow the service at St. Petri Lutheran Church Cemetery, York, ND.
Arleen was born on June 25, 1931, to Stella (Tangelin) and Arnold Strand of rural Brinsmade, ND. She was baptized at Lebanon Lutheran Church and grew up in rural Benson County, graduating from Leeds High School in 1949. After working briefly in Devils Lake, Arleen married Lawrence Burton Axness of rural York, ND, on June 25, 1952. Along with her husband, she farmed the Axness family homestead in Twin Lakes Township until the couple retired in 1999. From 2000 until 2011 Arleen lived in Leeds.
Surviving Arleen are her two daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah Axness of West Lafayette, IN, and Cynthia Axness and Paul Flesher of Minnetrista, MN; grandchildren Kindra (husband, Jon Nolan), Matthew, and Josephine Hunckler, and Daniel and Ryan Flesher; a brother, Rodney Strand, and his wife, Marlene, of Devils Lake; and sisters-in-law Caroline Fogelson of Devils Lake, Burnell LaGrave of St. Cloud, MN, Esther Nordhougen and her husband Curtis of Moorhead, MN, and Sharleen Axness of Leeds, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Arleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lawrence; her brother Mylo; a sister, Elaine Wentz, and her husband Leo; brother-in-law Erling Axness; and sister-in-law Evangeline Olson and her husband Eli; brother-in-law Donald Fogelson; brother-in-law Royce LaGrave; sister-in-law Mildred Kirkeide and her husband Lloyd.
Memorials are directed to St. Petri Lutheran Church.