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This page honors those who have gone before us....

"Just as petals fall from the rose and are scattered
by the winds, we too must go on our way...

Though our loved ones are gone, their departures need not bring sorrow. They have parted from this world and gone sit amongst angels."
~Lori Tinjum Johansen~

Inger Johanne (Skogen) Willadsen

"I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have is memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake in which I'll never part."

Inger was my "adopted" aunt in Norway...first cousins with Kent's father, Leif Johansen. She passed peacefully, among family, in Fredrikstad, Norway, April 17th. Kent's mother's best friend of over 40 years....she was a wonderfully kind woman who touched the lives of many. She'll be sorely missed by those she left behind.

Signe (Bergseng) Tinjum

When trouble comes, we often say
"Why did this have to be?"
But blessings come in many ways
that sometimes we can't see.

Everything that happens
is part of God's eternal plan.
Today what seems a mystery
in time we'll understand.

Remember prayers are with you
to give you strength today.
Call on those of us who love you
to share with you along the way.

Baby Signe.....Signe graduates

Theodore & Signe Wed.....40th Anniversary

The family - 1948

Photos courtesy of Claire Tinjum

Fargo Forum Newspaper

Signe Tinjum, 95, Ulen, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001 in Viking Manor Nursing Home, Ulen.

Signe Bergseng was born March 23, 1905, in Minneapolis, where she grew up and graduated from Central High School. She then attended college for a year. She did student teaching in Rockford, Minn., and in 1924 she moved to Ulen where she taught school. In May 1925 she married Ted Tinjum. They farmed in the Ulen area until they retired. He died in 1969.

She is survived by four sons, James Clayton (Marilyn), Moorhead, Bruce (Linda), Ulen, Rodger (Marilyn), Detroit Lakes, Minn., Ted (Pat), Glendive, Mont.; four daughters, Helen (Loren) Geiszler, Moorhead, Eleanor (Wil) Leibbrand, Hastings, Minn., Virginia (Jerry) Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ingeborg (James) Magnuson, Canyon Country, Calif.; a brother, Carl (JoAnn), Edina, Minn.; three sisters, Helga McKinney, Edina, Minn., Ruth (Raleigh) Broman, Eden Prairie, Minn., Arna Comer, Seattle; 31 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation: Friday from 4 to 7, with a prayer service at 7, in Anderson Funeral Home, Twin Valley, Minn.

Funeral: Saturday at 11 in Atlanta Lutheran Church near Ulen.

Burial: Atlanta Lutheran Cemetery near Ulen.

This was handwritten by Signe and passed out at the Service on Saturday - this was the closing blessing:

May the Lord, Mighty God
Bless and keep you forever,
Grant you peace, Perfect peace,
courage in every endeavor,

Lift up your eyes - and see His face,
and His grace forever.

May the Lord - Mighty God
Bless and Keep you forever

Loren Tinjum

Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of this gentle soul. God placed his hand on Loren, at birth, so through him we could learn to love unconditionally. He touched the hearts of those he knew with the wonderment in which he lived his life...he will never be forgotten. We, his family, will remember uncle Loren for the person he us, he will forever remain a hero.

The following is Loren's obituary as posted in the Detroit Lakes newspaper:

Jan. 22, 1936–Nov. 25, 1999 Loren H. Tinjum, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 25, at the Frazee Care Center. The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, from the Furey Chapel in Frazee, with the Rev. E. R. Wippich officiating. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery in Frazee, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Loren Herbert Tinjum, son of Otto and Anna "Minnie" Wolden [Volden] Tinjum, was born Jan. 22, 1936, at Ulen. He moved with his family to the Frazee area, where he was raised, and subsequently lived at Faribault, Brainerd and Fergus Falls. Surviving are four brothers–Milton (Shirley), Paulson [Polson], Mont.; Donald, Stanley, Wis.; Ray (Dee), Trapper Creek, Alaska, and Wayne (Jan), Frazee, and two sisters–Norma (Earl) Pederson, Moorhead, and Ardis (Lyle) Grove, Rochester. There are several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister (Elizabeth Banna [Baana]).

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting winds along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew,
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched
The face of God.

Written By: John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

~ Memories of Loren ~

"He used to come and spend a week with us in the summer, don't think it was every year, but once in awhile. He loved to help my mother in the kitchen and he loved to play the piano and sing. He would do that for hours! And, of course, he expected some applause now and then! When he got that he would stand up and take a bow then resume playing and singing. Also, when we had family reunions years ago and we would have softball games, he would be right there to play and he never got out! It was fun for him and everyone else."

Ginny Johnson

"If I had to describe uncle Loren with one phrase it'd probably be "zest for life". He gave everything that he did his all, and then some. I will never forget the softball games in the old pasture...hard to forget when we used cow pies for bases!! He played as though he were in Fenway Park with thousands cheering him on. If we could capture just a wee bit of the "spark" that seemed to come so naturally to him, what a difference we could make in our own lives...and in the lives of others. Loren had a charmed innocence."

Lori Tinjum

"I haven't seen Lornie since Grandma's funeral, and it's really sad that it had to be his funeral before I got to see him again. He will always be in my memories and my prayers. As everyone agrees, Lornie was a very special person, not only as an uncle, but as a real inspiration to everyone he ever met. How he loved everyone around him, and in return, was loved by everyone. I really think that he taught us all that we can all make a difference in the world by just being ourselves, and keeping it simple. If more people were like Lornie, the world would be a much better place. Keep this in mind the next time you want to get even, or judge someone because of something they did or simply who they are. I will always remember Lornie as a very wise man."

Paul Tinjum

If Everyone. . .

If everyone in the world was as loving as Lornie was, there'd be no wars.

If everyone was as gentle as Lornie was, there'd be no aggressive behavior.

If everyone was as forgiving as Lornie was, no grudges would be held. Hate would be foreign to the human heart.

If everyone in the world was as meek as Lornie was, there'd be no scramble to be "top dog".

If everyone accepted others unconditionally as Lornie did, no one would feel lost and alone.

If everyone in the world remembered others as Lornie did, birthdays and anniversaries would never be forgotten.

If everyone did their work as cheerfully and thoroughly as Lornie did, going to the job each day would be sweeter.

If everyone had a sense of humor like Lornie did, minor irrations would easily be shrugged off.

If everyone sang from the heart as Lornie did, there'd be joy in every heart. (AND, if all songs were as l-o-n-g as Lornie's Christmas songs, there'd be intermission during every medley!)

If everyone was lucky enough to have a brother like Lornie, you wouldn't dream of winning the lottery--you'd sort of feel as if you'd already won it.

If everyone in the world had a simple, childlike faith like Lornie did, God's desire that all the world be saved would become a reality.
THANK YOU, GOD, for giving us Lornie these many years. He was a special gift from you to our family.

by Ardis Grove, Loren's sister - 11/27/99

"At first I was sad that Lornie died on Thanksgiving Day, but as we told Lornie stories I thought what a better day for him to pass. We had a wonderful day thinking of Lornie. Like I told Larry, I don't feel bad he died but I feel bad that he had to linger on in the nursing home for so long. He was such a sweet guy that he deserves to go to heaven. And what a better day than the day of the big feast! I bet Lornie smelled the food and decided to follow the smell to heaven. The funeral was Monday but, unfortunately, Larry or I couldn't get off to go. I feel that we had a memorial on Thanksgiving when we told Lornie stories. It was a nice way of remembering him."

Diane Baana

"I remember on one occasion, when Ted and Rodger [I believe] came over with Loren and another cousin and we wound up playing in the haymow. My Mother had briefed me on the need for a special kind of sensitivity for Loren and we got on just fine. The lesson and experience has stayed with me for a lifetime."

John Syverson

"I will always remember Lornie as my loveable little brother; one who would do anything for you at any time. He had such a grand personality. He lived life for all it was worth...every day. The one thing about Lornie I will never forget was his meticulous way of doing things. I recall helping him with dishes a few times and remember that I could never do it right. He would follow after me, re-arranging the dishes into the "proper" order. He always had to do it just brings a smile to my face to this day. What a character he was, we were so lucky to have him in our lives. I, too, saw Lornie as a gift because he gave so much of himself to those around him. As I share these memories I am certain Lornie is grinning down at me from heaven, following after the angels...putting things into their proper place."

Ray Tinjum

I remember him being so methodical and neat about dish chores and teaching us to do the same. He used to call coffee "tippy tippy crelda" [my spelling] and used to make such a production of having it in the mornings. The name, I think, because it made us laugh. What a sweet and gentle man...
Debra (Tinjum) Blackburn

Florence Zdeb Killoran Tinjum

Also, keep the family of Florence Zdeb Killoran Tinjum in your thoughts and prayers. Florence passed away on September 15, 1999 and will sorely missed by those whose lives she touched.

George Henry Sanford

Also, please continue to keep the family of George Sanford in your thoughts and prayers.

Aldena Alma Wolff

Aldena Alma Wolff passed away on June 23rd, 2001. She was born on November 26, 1920 to Oscar and Hilda (Schuhmacher) Wolff in Calvin, ND. As a small girl, Aldena's family moved to Park Rapids. It was in this same area that she attended school and grew into womanhood. She gained employment for a time at the Brakkens Grill in Park Rapids. Later she became a home caregiver to people in the area for over 25 years.

She enjoyed working with her hands. She was a gifted quilter and loved to embroider. Each spring she would plant beautiful flower gardens for all to admire as they passed by. She was also a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

She will be lovingly remembered by her 2 brothers: Ferdinand Wolff of Park Rapids and Oscar Wolff of Cape Coral, Florida; 2 sisters: Marvilla Paulson of Birnamwood, Wisconsin, and Delores Tinjum of Trapper Creek, Alaska, as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Aldena was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Willis.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 26th, 2001, at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Parks Rapids with Reverend Matthew Thompson and Reverend Bill Neumann officiating. Connie Shubert was the organist. Congregational hymns were "Open Now Thy Gates Of Beauty", "Rock Of Ages", "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", and "My Faith Looks Up To Thee". Casket bearers were Aldena's family and friends. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.

Vernon Harold Wolff

Vernon Harold Wolff, age 73, of LeSueur, MN, formerly of Park Rapids, passed away on Monday, December 25th 2000 at Emmanual And St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato, MN.

Vernon was born on July 29, 1927, in Henrietta Township near Park Rapids, MN, to herbert H. and Ruth Esther (Madsen) Wolff. Vernon grew up in Park Rapids and attended Park Rapids High School, graduating as Salutatorian of the Class of 1945. After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Vernon gained employment with the Green Giant Company in 1952. He retired in 1986. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Park Rapids and later Grace Evangelial Lutheran Church in LaSueur. He was active in church work and also many community organizations in which he served as an officer in many of them. Each year, he trained people to assist him in completing Income Tax for senior citizens. His hobbies included world-wide travel, reading, and taking pictures of the places he visited.

He is survived by one uncle, Walter C. (Lyle) Madsen of Park Rapids and many cousins. Vernon was preceded in death by his parents....

Keith Loren Geiszler

Keith Loren Geiszler passed away on May 22nd, 2002, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, after battling Multiple Myloma, a rare incurable cancer. He was born on February 1st, 1946, in Moorhead, Minnesota, to Loren & Helen (Tinjum) Geiszler. He married Susan Verna Hvidsten on August 24th, 1969. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and two daughters, Nicole Geiszler and Erika Lynn (Geiszler) Fetterman, his parents, and siblings.

A memorial service at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, in Moorhead, Minnesota, is planned for the 29th of May at 2:00 p.m..

Condolences may be sent to:

Helen and Loren Geiszler
3345 35th St. So.,
Moorhead MN 56560

Susan Geiszler (Keith's widow)
3569 Oro Grande Blvd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406

Kouklaki Tinjum

Today, I lost my ever-faithful-companion of almost seventeen years, Kouklaki. She was always by my side, through all the trials and tribulations of life, never complaining. She made each and every day a great day to be alive and I shall miss her terribly. I know she lived a good life and is in a better place and as I remember her it will be with a smile on my face. She was an important member of my family thus deserving of this tribute. I love you "little doll"!

Leif Willy Johansen

It is with great sadness I add another lost family member to this page, Leif Willy Johansen, Kent's father. Life was hospitalized following a mild stroke and heart attack (and pneumonia). He suffered a fatal heart attack, while hospitalized, on September 30th, 2005, just a week and one day after his 73rd birthday.

Leif was a seaman most of his life, as well as a butcher prior to retirement. He so loved the Oslo Fjord his family lived on for so many years, and some of his most favorite times were spent in his boat fishing with his two sons.

He experienced the loss of his walking companion, Kimick (Alaskan Husky), earlier this year and many of us believe he never truly recovered from that it warms our hearts, in our grief, that Leif is walking along side of Kimick again....and is free from the pain suffered the past several months of his life.

We shall miss his humor and wit but his memory lives in each of us whose lives he touched. Ha det bra, er veldig glad i deg!!!

Michael Pederson

Micheal Pederson, son of Earl and Norma (Tinjum) Pederson, of Hawley, passed suddenly in Aurora, Colorado on Oct. 15th, 2008.

Please keep Earl, Norma, Jim, Carol, Wendy and children in your thoughts and prayers during this time. He touched the lives of many people and will be sorely missed.

The following is his obituary:

Michael Pederson, 53, of West Jordan, Utah (formerly of Moorhead, Minnesota) died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 15, 2008, in Aurora, Colorado.

He was born July 7, 1955, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Earl and Norma (Tinjum) Pederson. He graduated from Moorhead High School and later Moorhead Area Vocational Technical School.

Mike joined the United States Army in 1973, and served as an infantry medic in Germany until 1976, when he was honorably discharged from active duty.

Mike married Wendy Rae Mueller on June 17, 1978, in Ada, Minnesota. Together, they had a daughter and two sons. Mike was extremely proud of his three children.

He was an avid collector and enjoyed watching sports and Western movies. He worked for Hussmann Corporation as a Field Service Engineer. His job took him all over the United States and world. He was a member of RSES, Electronic Technicians Assoc, and American Veterans Assoc.

He was quite the talker, so from the parking attendants at the airport to the next door neighbors – everyone knew and liked Mike. He was the type of person who was the first to offer a helping hand, without question. Mike will be greatly missed but never forgotten by his family, friends and colleagues.

He is survived by his wife Wendy; daughter, Melissa; sons Andrew and Alex of West Jordan, UT; parents, Earl and Norma of Hawley, MN; brother, Jim of West Fargo, ND; sister, Carol (Gerry) Gangness of West Fargo, ND; and in-laws, Harold and Shirley Mueller of West Fargo, ND.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at 11:00 A.M. at Fargo Baptist Church, Fargo, ND.

Visitation: Tuesday, October 21, 2008, from 5-7 PM, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, ND.

Prayer Service: Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM, at Hanson-Runsvold.

Burial: Moorhead Memorial Gardens, Moorhead, MN.