Marie E. Aakre, 97, of Lanesboro died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Green Lea

Manor in Mabel.

Marie E. Boyum was born July 8, 1915, in Peterson to A.O. and Anne Marie

(Thompson) Boyum. She was the 10th of 13 children.

She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1933. She lived for 10 years

in Peterson before moving to a Lanesboro to be close to her father's local

grain elevator. She, like her parents, were highly involved with their

church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, especially in music. She and her husband,

Arnold, were 50-year members of the church choir.

Arnold met her during her employment at the Hanson Drug Store in

downtown Lanesboro. He was a native of northwestern Minnesota and moved to

southeastern Minnesota, pioneering in the newly formed U.S. Soil

Conservation Service in 1938. They were married on Aug. 14, 1938, at the

Bethlehem Lutheran Church parsonage by Pastor P.J. Nestande.

Born to this union were, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth Ann, Stewart Arnold and

Lowell James. After her children left home, she found new employment as a

Lanesboro correspondent for the Preston Republican-Leader for nearly a

decade. Her creativity expanded to her authorship of the C.C.C in Lanesboro,

story found in Heartland Portrait, stories from the rural Midwest 2nd

addition in 2009. Her husband was the former Mayor of Lanesboro.

She was a member of the Mardi Club, WELCA, church choir for 50 years,

and taught Sunday School. She was also on the Lanesboro Library Board for

may years. The Aakres enjoyed traveling throughout their married life,

visiting family an friends throughout the U.S. in 49 of the 52 states. Both

were very involved in various community activities. She enjoyed entertaining

immensely. She loved to write and many enjoyed her marvelous wit and

journalistic style.

She is survived by her children, Mary E. (Freiheit) Treu of Lanesboro,

Elizabeth A. (Walter) Hubener of Mesa Ariz., Stewart (Darlene) of Kingman,

Ariz., and Lowell (Mary) of Nashville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; eight

great-grandchildren; one brother, Duane T. Boyum of Kasson; and one sister,

Rhoda (Marvin) Vernelle of the metro area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five sisters, and

five brothers.

The memorial service was held Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Bethlehem Lutheran

Church in Lanesboro, with the Rev. Kerry Eversole officiating.

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro assisted the family with

arrangements. 507-867-4310.

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