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Mabel Evelyna Arenson
Female 1904 - 1995


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  • Birth  27 Sep 1904  Elbow Lake, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  20 Nov 1995  Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • stroke at home of daughter, Joanne
      Letter:
      Monday, November 27, 1995
      Hello from Joanne, Bob, & Monty-
      Only a week today since the passing of our Mother. It really hasn't seemed true, as she talked with us every day and if she didn't get us by phone, she would call Melanie (her granddaughter who lives near Brooten). She would only have to push one button on the phone as Bob had a few programmed in for her. These past years age was taking its toll, as we would see the changes occuring, but fortunately she could still manage by herself in her own home with the help of "meals on wheels" coming every noon, and Joanne only 3 blocks away. Her every need was taken care of, including Bob & Monty keeping up her yard and house repairs. The same little home on the corner where she & Dad lived all their lives except during the war when we all moved to Michigan. She lived alone 12 years since Dad died in 1983. With many of her family gone: Florence in the Glenwood Retirement Home, losing Hazel so suddenly, Cora, Millie, Jimmy, Grandma, Ruby & Walter gone, the Arenson home was longer the gathering place anymore. How we all missed that, but life has its changes and our memories of all these loved ones and the happy times together will always remain. Mom lost all central vision after eye surgery about 5 years ago. She wasn't able to read anymore, sew or do the mending, or see television, so we knew this wasn't easy for her. She would listen to her radio tho, and Monty would send his many tapes of music played on the electric keyboard to her. She enjoyed this so much, along with the stories of Garrison Keihlor and the good old days. She was the head of the family- who we would go to when some problem arose. She was always there to listen and when we would be frustrated over something, she would remind us to remember the good and not dwell on the bad things. (Our teacher) Only a month ago that a series of strokes began and her doctor said it was now time to enter the hospital or the Nursing Home. Since Joanne & Dale were out east at the time, decisions weren't made until they came home, so the grandchildren and Bob & Annabelle took care of her that weekend. We moved her to Dale & Joanne's the end of October and she seemed very satisfied knowing someone was with her. She wanted her coffee at 5:30 a.m. tho, so we had to make some changes, as she was an early riser. Her little time piece, (small box) which she pressed many, many times during the night was near by. It was very important that she had this so she was always aware of time, day or night. As each day passed it was more difficult for her to move, eat, swallow and comprehend. We fed her, bathed her, and pampered her to make things the very best. Clarence, Verna & Sharon came to visit her on Sat. Nov. 18th (Joanne's birthday). Annabelle baked a cake so we all sat around the table for coffee with Mom in the wheel chair. She wasn't able to talk or see but we are certain she knew they were there for her. A last handshake and good-bye from her brother Clarence. Her calling was near and she was ready. We received the sacraments together with Pastor Sogge- prayed together and wept. On Monday, Nov. 20th at 4:50 p.m. the Lord took her home. She was at peace. We are so grateful that we had our Mother all these years. She lived a full life and was ready for her heavenly home. (We are including the program of the funeral service. Thought you would like this being some were unable to attend.)
    Funeral  24 Nov 1995  Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Trinity Lutheran Church
      Obituary
      Mabel E. (Arenson) Imsdahl was born on September 27, 1904 in Elbow Lake, MN, the daughter of George G. and Ida (Evenson) Arenson. She grew up in the Elbow Lake area until they moved to Brooten when she was a young girl. Mabel attended Brooten High School and upon graduation attended Glenwood Normal School. After graduation Mabel taught school in the rural Brooten area.
      On June 23, 1925 mabel was united in marriage to Menvil Peter Imsdahl in Brooten. They lived in Brooten until 1941 when they moved to Muskegon, MI. In 1946 Mabel and Menvil moved back to Brooten where she again taught school in the rural school of the area.
      Mabel was an active member of her church. She belonged to the Quilting Circle, and a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies' Circles. She was baptized in Elbow Lake and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran in Brooten.
      Her family remembers her love of reading, sewing and tatting. They also recall how she would enjoy the times that the family would get together for holidays, and spending time with her grandchildren.
      On Monday, November 20, 1995 Mabel died at the age of 91. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Montelle and (Teresa) Imsdahl of Buffalo, Robert M. and (Annabelle) Imsdahl of New London, and Joanne M. and (Dale) Fauskee of Brooten; nine grandchildren: Crystal Jasmin, Bradley Imsdahl, Trudi Wall, Tamara Kluver, Kevin Imsdahl, Monica Brede, Gary Fauskee, Randy Fauskee, and Melanie DeKok; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers: Clarence Arenson of Brooten, and Donald Arenson of Edina; two sisters: Eleanor Harrison of Vancouver, WA, and Violet Snyder of White Bear Lake.
      She was preceded in death by her husband, Menvil, in 1983; her parents, two brothers, Walter and James; and three sisters, Hazel, Mildred, and Cora. Blessed be the Memory of Mabel Imsdahl.
    Name  Imsdahl 
    Reference Number  4879 
    Buried  24 Nov 1995  Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Trinity Lutheran
    Person ID  I4879  The Evenson Tree
    Last Modified  23 Nov 2005 

    Father  George Arenson,   b. 13 May 1872, Gilchrist Township, Pope, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Feb 1918, Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Ida Gurina Evenson,   b. 24 Oct 1881, Blue Mounds Township, Pope, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Sep 1963, Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Jun 1900  Blue Mounds Township, Pope, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Wedding:  Ida Evenson / George Arenson
    Wedding: Ida Evenson / George Arenson
    George and Ida Arenson Family - 1916
    George and Ida Arenson Family - 1916
    Back: Mabel, Walter, George, James
    Middle: Hazel, Cora, Eleanor, Ida, Clarence
    Front: Mildred
    George and Ida Arenson
    George and Ida Arenson
    at Ida's sister Mabel's wedding
    Arenson - Robinson Families, 1927
    Arenson - Robinson Families, 1927
    Back: Montelle Imsdahl, Menvil Imsdahl, Mabel Arenson-Imsdahl, Eleanor Arenson, Floyd Robinson, Jack Baker, Clarence Arenson
    Front: Dolores Arenson, James Arenson, Dorothy Robinson, Kathryn Robinson, Hazel Arenson-Baker, Ronald Baker, Ida Robinson, Violet Robinson, Cora Arenson, Mildred Arenson, Frances Arenson, Merlyn Arenson
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

    Family  Menvil Peter Imsdahl,   b. 04 Nov 1899, Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1983, Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Jun 1925  Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • at Arenson home
      Newspaper clipping, Brooten Tribune.
      Miss Mabelle Evelyn Arenson, daughter of Mrs. Ida Arenson, and Mr. Menvil Imsdahl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Imsdahl of Brooten were quietly united in marriage on Tuesday, June 23, at the home of the bride's mother. The words that made them man and wife were read at 4 o'clock p.m. by Rev. A. H. Hoyme. A six o'clock wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride's mother, attended by twenty-five guests. The bride is a graduate of the Brooten High School and the Glenwood Normal department and for the past year or more has taught in the neighborhood schools. The bridegroom is one of the pleasant and accomodating salesmen at the store of the Farmers Co-operative Mercantile Co., a position which he has held for the past five years. Both of these young people have been brought up in the neighborhood and command the respect and esteem of all. Mr. and Mrs. Imsdahl left the following day on a wedding trip to Itasca park, International Falls and points in Canada, following which they will take up the more serious duties of home-making in Brooten. They have the good wishes of a large circle of friends upon their new venture.
    Children 
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     3. Living
    Family ID  F1704  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] funeral program.