Nora Roen

Nora Roen, 89, of Hudson, Wisconsin and formerly of Lansford, Minot and Maxbass all in ND passed away on August 2, 2018 at Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living in Hudson.

A celebration of her life will be held at Trinity United Church, Lansford at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
A luncheon at the Lansford Country Club and burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot will follow. Visitation will
be held on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Thomas Family Funeral Home.

Nora was born in Hastings Township of Bottineau County near Maxbass, ND as one of twin girls (Doris) to Ole and Christine (Moe) Brendsel on August 26, 1928. She was raised on the family farm and was confirmed in the English Lutheran Church - Maxbass. She attended Maxbass High School and Minot Business College.

Nora married Duane Roen on June 9, 1950 at Minot, ND. They farmed together for many years and raised their family on the Roen family homestead in Lansford Township of Bottineau County southwest of Lansford. In 2008, Duane and Nora moved to Minot and resided at Henry Towers. In December 2013, they moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family.  Duane passed away on March 19, 2014.

Nora and Duane loved to dance. They first met at a dance in Maxbass and spent countless evenings over the years at town dances and at dances at the Moose, Elks and Sons of Norway Lodges. They also danced at tapings of the Lawrence Welk show during their winter trips to California to visit Nora’s siblings. She was extremely proud of her Norwegian Heritage and looked forward every year to celebrating the Norsk Hostfest in Minot.

Nora enjoyed her crafts and usually had projects underway, including cross-stitching, needlework, ceramics, and flower arranging.  Many friends and family members display one of Nora’s flower creations or ceramic items. She loved serving her butterhorns, buns, and sweet desserts. Nora enjoyed tending her flower gardens and watching the colorful birds from her windows on the farm.

While Nora was a homemaker to Duane and their children on the family farm for most of her life, she also worked outside the home to raise a little extra spending money. This included child day care for the children of several teachers at the Lansford Public School and as an Avon representative, Shaklee dealer, and in various roles at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mohall. 

Nora’s signature trademark was her fiery red hair, which ran in the Brendsel family. She took great pride all her life in her hair looking just-so. While she was generally mild-mannered, she also had a fiery disposition that accompanied that red hair, which surfaced from time to time when she was passionate about a subject.

Nora was an active participant in her community.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid for many years.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Hi Neighbor Senior Citizens Club and Lansford Country Club where she and Duane enjoyed the summertime Sunday morning breakfasts.

Nora is survived by her son Wayne (Kris) Roen of River Falls, Wisconsin; her daughter Dee Anne (Ben) Buechler of Tucson, Arizona; her grandchildren Cali Campbell (Tyler), Danna Smith (Adam), Devin Roen, Jordan Roen, Camden Buechler, Kelsey Buechler, and Cory Buechler; sisters in-law Joan Roen of Dubuque, Iowa, and Ila Brendsel of Buena Park, California; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and good friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Duane Roen; by her parents Ole and Christine Brendsel; her siblings Ellsworth Brendsel, Genevieve (Brendsel) Kuhn, Norman Brendsel, Doris (Brendsel) Sorbo.

In Nora’s honor, memorial donations are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Research Association to help fund a cure for dementia. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the amazing caregivers of the Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living Memory Care Unit for their compassionate care during Nora’s 4 ½ years residing there, and especially during her final weeks in hospice care.

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MessageSending thoughts and prayers to Nora's family. Although we worked in different departments, I enjoyed my visits with Nora while working at GSS.
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MessageWayne DeeAnne & families
I was sad to see your mom had passed away, but I was thankful she didn’t linger any longer. Sorry we will not be able to sing, Bonnie will be gone then. Nora was such a dear friend to mom, what a blessing she was!!

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