Magnhild E. Stangeland, age 94, of Larimore, ND passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, October 24, 2009 in Lake Forest, IL.
Magnhild E. Olson was born April 10, 1915 in rural McCanna, ND, the daughter of Mikal and Elena (Svaai) Olson. During her childhood and young adult life, Magnhild did various jobs around the farm. She attended and graduated from Larimore Public Schools.
Magnhild was united in marriage to Ole I. Stangeland on September 15, 1940 at Elm Grove Lutheran Church , McCanna, ND. She and Ole moved to Chicago, IL after they were married. Magnhild worked as a manager of Scandinavian Design. After her children, Margaret and Orrin had graduated from college and she and Ole had retired, they decided to move to North Dakota to build their retirement home during the summer of 1977.
An active member of the Sons of Norway, Eastern Star and Elm Grove Ladies Aid, Magnhild was always on the go. She loved to laugh and always had a smile for everyone. She enjoyed traveling around the US and abroad to Norway. Her passion for dancing was known to all. At her 90th birthday, she shared her wisdom with all gathered when she announced, "If you want to live long, you must dance". These words rang true as Grandma would continue to dance with her great-grandchildren until just months ago.
Magnhild is survived by her four grandchildren; Kari Hanssen of Ramsey, MN; Lisa (Bryan) Baker of Lake Villa, IL; Erik (Tanya) Hanssen of Larimore; Kirsten (Matthew) Moore of Rancho Cordova, CA; great grandchildren, Bryanna, Elena, Olivia, Bryan, Aundrea, Erika, Cole, Mikayla and Addison; daughter-in-law, Mary (Bob) Jacobs of Alama, CA and sister-in-law, Lucille Olson of Larimore.
Along with her parents and husband, Magnhild is preceded in death by her son, Orrin Stangeland; daughter, Margaret Hanssen; son-in-law, Jorgen Hanssen; brother, Olaf Olson and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation: Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service in the Brown Funeral Home of Larimore, and will resume for one hour prior to the funeral in the church on Friday.
Funeral Services: Friday, October 30,2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Elm Grove Lutheran Church in McCanna, ND with Pastor Renee Mac Leod officiating.
Interment: Elm Grove Church Cemetery.
Arrangements: Brown Funeral Home, Larimore, ND.
Ole Ingvalden Stangeland
1913–1994 (m. 1940)
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