Mildred Caroline Greenhagen, age 85, of Delano, formerly of Howard Lake, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at the Golden Living Center of Delano.
She was born March 23, 1923, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Nels and Ovedia (Jensen) Furness. Mildred was baptized by the Rev. L. J. Pedersen in Minneapolis, and confirmed in her faith at Glen Cary Lutheran Church, Ham Lake.
She was united in marriage to Vernon Greenhagen March 29, 1952, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. During their 50 years of marriage, they raised three children: two daughters and one son.
As a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Mildred was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and served as president for a term. She enjoyed quilting with the guilds and taught Sunday school.
Being proud of her heritage, she was a member of the Norwegian Club.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Nels and Ovedia Furness; husband Vernon Greenhagen; five brothers; three sisters; eight brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.
She is survived by her three children, Diane (Marty) Weber of Delano, Sandra (Gary) Axtell of Denver, CO, and Paul (Cherie) Greenhagen of Delano; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother; nine sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; nieces; nephews; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake with the Rev. Michael Nirva officiating. Nancy Butterfass was the organist, with anthems by the LWML and soloist Mark Treday. Interment was at the St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake.
Visitation was Monday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers were Corey Weber, Sjohn Keiffer, Ryan Keiffer, Tod Keiffer, Tyler Greenhagen, Anthony Persson, Cami Persson, Jesse Greenhagen, and Chase Greenhagen.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.