Irene Virginie Lanum, 90, of Fergus FallsPublished 9:45am Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Updated 11:48am Wednesday, November 28, 2012
She was born Aug. 23, 1922, in Osakis, the daughter of Ole O. and Clara Ottilia (Johnson) Mikkelson. She grew up in the Osakis area, where she attended school.
On Nov. 1, 1947, she married Raymond Lanum in Osakis. In 1958, the couple moved to Wendell and then to Pelican Rapids in 1967. In 1997, they moved to Moorhead and in 2001, they moved to Fergus Falls.
Over the years Irene was employed at the Percy Hanson Restaurant, Brundage Café, Robinson’s Grocery-Natwick Grocery, Bob Ritchie Café, Lee Robinson Café, Pauls Café in Wendell, Verna Bertelson Café, Pool Hall, Swan’s Drug, Rothsay Lumber, and the Birchwood Golf Course.
She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Irene had many hobbies, including ceramics, knitting, crocheting, making beads, painting wood crafts, and all kinds of crafting. She enjoyed dancing and square dancing, bowling and fishing.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Raymond in 2010; siblings, Ole Cameron Mikkelson, Clinton Mikkelson, James Mikkelson, and Ardel Erickson; and a granddaughter, Heather Lucas.
Survivors include her children, Susan (James) Lucas of Hamburg, Iowa, and Roger (Susan) Lanum of North Fort Meyers, Fla.; grandchildren, Eric Lanum, Kristin (Brian) Treiber, Kelly Lucas, James (Rhonda) Lucas, and Wayne Lucas; great-grandchildren, Gregory, Breana, Ayrika, Taylor, Mariah, Levi, Logan, Devlin, Dylan, Connery, and Clay; her siblings, Ronald (LaVern) Mikkelson of Brooklyn Center, Darlene (Sherwood) Mikkelson of St. Louis Park, and Carol (Lloyd) Akervik of Buffalo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the funeral home
Service: 1 p.m. Thursday, at Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls
Clergy: Chaplain Harry Olson
Burial: Ringsaker Cemetery, rural Pelican Rapids
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls
Condolences may be sent online at www.olsonfuneralhome.com