Margaret T. Severson, 95, of Fergus FallsPublished 9:50am Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated 11:52am Thursday, January 31, 2013
She was born Oct. 12, 1917, in St. Olaf Township in Otter Tail County, the daughter of Gina Olson Reierson, and was raised by Tilla and Martin Soliah. She grew up in Aastad Township, where she was baptized and confirmed at Aastad Church, and attended school at District 119.
On May 5, 1941, she married Selmer Severson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, and they made their home in Fergus Falls.
Margaret worked at the Regional Treatment Center for 29 years, and also at Lake Region Hospital, Broen Home, Adams, Cleveland and Dilworth schools, Head Start, and Children’s Corner for 25 years, retiring when she was 84.
She also served with the Foster Grandparent Program for 25 years.
One of the highlights of her life, after she retired from the Foster Grandparent Program, was her move back to River Bend Apartments where she had so many friends. Card games and many fun times were had there.
She also loved to do her word puzzles. In her younger days she made Graham Cracker pies — instead of cake they wanted her pie.
She also enjoyed the people that took care of her while she was on assisted living. They were very special to her. Margaret truly enjoyed people.
She was currently a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Gina, Martin and Tilla; her husband, Selmer; a son, Berdell Severson; a grandson, Ryan Jensen; a sister, Gloria (Mike) Hauge; brothers-in-law, Rodney Mecklenberg and Stanley Haugen; and a special friend, Nancy Hanson.
Survivors include a daughter, LaRae Jensen of Fergus Falls; grandchildren, Randy Swendsrud, Rick (Kris) Swendsrud, Marti Severson, Mindy (Jason) Ott, and Melissa (Barry) Patrick; a daughter-in-law, Diane Severson; great-grandchildren, Lacey (Chris) Julsrud, Creed Ott, Haili (Kurt) Hovland, Caleb Ott, Hannah Swendsrud, Abby Swendsrud, Gavin Patrick and Owen Patrick; a great-great-grandchild due in August; sisters, Lillian Haugen of Blaine, Carrie Ann Mecklenberg of Pine River and Joyce (Jim) Stock of Mahnomen; a special friend, Aaron Olson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church
Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Sunday, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls
Clergy: Rev. Kate Bruns
Burial: Planned at a later date at Aastad Church Cemetery, rural Fergus Falls
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls
Condolences may be sent online at www.olsonfuneralhome.com