Fern Wangen, 1924-2017

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 18, 2017

Funeral services for Fern Wangen will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Oakland Lutheran Church, 22042 850th Ave. in rural Albert Lea. The Rev. Waldemar Gies will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. Interment will be in Oakland Lutheran Cemetery.

Fern Helen (Frondal) Wangen, 93, was born Oct. 15, 1924, to Knut and Ella (Hove) Frondal in Moscow Township in Freeborn County. She died on Nov. 15, 2017, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Fern Wangen

Fern was baptized, confirmed and married at Oakland Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. She attended rural Lee School, Hollandale School and was a 1942 graduate of Albert Lea High School. She worked at the Land O’Lakes egg plant and as a cashier at the Oakland, Lyle and Rose Creek State Bank before her marriage. Fern married Walter S. Wangen on Oct. 6, 1946. They raised their five children, Arden, Gary, Warren, Dale and Mary on a dairy farm near Oakland. Fern was a busy homemaker, cooking, baking, canning and freezing fruits and vegetables that Walter raised in his garden. She enjoyed quilting and presented a quilt to each grandchild on their confirmation day. She loved to dance and spent many hours playing cards. Fern and Walter enjoyed dressing in their traditional Norwegian Bunad (costume).

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Fern loved making Norwegian goodies like Krumkake, lefse and many other Norwegian foods. Fern and Walter felt it was very important for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to learn how to make lefse. The family enjoys getting together every year to continue this tradition. Fern and Walter enjoyed traveling, especially the five trips to Norway, where they met many relatives and did research for publishing five family genealogy books. Fern was an active member of the Oakland Lutheran ladies aid and served as president, vice president and financial secretary of the Oakland Church council. She was a teacher and superintendent of the Oakland Sunday school. Fern also served as president, vice president, and social director of Sons of Norway in Albert Lea. Fern and Walter lived on the farm for 63 years. After Walter’s death, Fern moved to The Cedars of Austin.

Fern is survived by her son, Arden (Kleone) Wangen, of Albert Lea; son, Gary Wangen, of Hayward; son, Warren (Vilita) Wangen, of Canyon Country, California; daughter-in-law, Brenda Wangen (Tony Klapperick), of Albert Lea; daughter, Mary (David) Knurek, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; brother, Stanley Frondal, of Albert Lea; and sisters-in-law Alice Brunmeier Lee of Rochester, Michigan, and Irene Johnson of Ellendale. She was blessed with 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her parents Knut and Ella (Hove) Frondal; son, Dale Wangen; great-granddaughter, Kaylee Wangen; mother- and father-in-law Martin and Betsy (Slinde) Wangen; brother, Arnold Frondal; sister- and brother-in-law Adeline and Mike Cochlin; sister-in-law, Arlene Frondal; brothers-in-law Ivan Wangen, Vern Brunmeier, Merrill Lee and Norman Johnson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Arnold “Bud” and Janice Wangen; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Berline and Ernest Johnson.

The family wishes to extend their most sincere thanks to the staff of The Cedars, Mayo Medical Center, St. Mark’s Lutheran Home and Mayo Hospice all of Austin for the kindness and respect shown to Fern and her family.