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Mavonne “Vonny” Lofstrand – Grand Forks Herald

Mavonne “Vonny” Lofstrand, 88, of Fosston, MN, died Saturday, August 20. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday September 4 at Fridhem Lutheran Church in Lengby with the Reverend John Ragan officiating. Interment will be in Fridhem Lutheran Cemetery, Lengby Rural. The family will greet friends for an hour before Sunday service (September 4) at the church.

Mavonne Shirley Swanson Lofstrand was born June 27, 1934, on the Swanson family farm near Poplar Lake, Columbia Township near Fosston, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She attended schools at Columbia Heights, Fosston, and Duluth Country School when the family lived there during the war years. In 1948 the family moved to Lengby, Minnesota. In 1952, she graduated from Fosston High School. After graduating, she moved to Minneapolis.

On May 21, 1955, she married Bobby Lofstrand at Fridhem Lutheran Church in Lengby, MN. They lived and worked in Minneapolis until 1958 when they returned to the family farm in Island Lake Township near Lengby, MN. They lived and farmed there until 2003 when they moved to Fosston. Bob passed away in December 2019; they were married for 64 years. They have two daughters, Becky born in 1958 and Beth in 1962.

Fridhem’s church was an important part of her life and she was active in many aspects of church life; Superintendent and Teacher of Sunday School, Ladies Aid, Circles, Quilting and Financial Secretary for over 30 years. Other community activities she has been involved in include the Lengby Improvement Club, Girl Scout Leader, Housewives and volunteering at the Embassy Thrift Store for many years. Mavonne has always been a hard worker from her youth; waitress at Herb Otness Cafe, babysitting, picking potatoes in Buxton, ND and serving and making potato salad at a Drive Inn in Minneapolis. From 1952 to 1958 she worked at the Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Agency in Minneapolis until they moved to the farm. In 1975 she started working at the Ben Franklin store in Fosston and worked there for over 30 years. She made many good friends there.

Vonny and Bob enjoyed traveling with trips to Scandinavia, Europe and the United States. They also had a 5-wheel motorhome that they pulled around the United States taking in the views of America. In 1994, they were granted a summer home on Fishhook Lake near Park Rapids and spent summers there with family and friends until 2018. Vonny especially enjoyed the lake life of boating, fishing and swimming.

Vonny was known for her cooking and baking, stopping at Vonny’s for a coffee was always a highlight due to the great conversation and delicious pastries. She was adventurous and ambitious all her life, she was not afraid to try new things. She took adult classes and loved to learn. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, cycling, reading, gardening, growing flowers, bird watching, playing cards, attending concerts and plays, discovering new recipes and spending time with her girlfriends. She especially enjoyed her time with her three sisters for their Christmas and summer gatherings.

The grandchildren were very important to her and a source of pride. She was very active with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing with them and attending their events. She loved reading newspapers and cutting out topics for discussion, especially politics and finding new recipes. In her later years, she became interested in the family history of the Bagstads, Grundysons, and Swansons.

Vonny is survived by her daughters; Becky (Mark) Ratchenski of Cavalier, ND, Beth Hemming of Grand Forks, ND. Grandchildren, Lily Flage (Alex), Matthew (Kaitlin) Ratchenski, Nathan (Michaela) Hemming and Noah Hemming and four great-granddaughters; Lauren, Olivia and Emerson Flage and Ramsey Jo Ratchenski. His siblings also survive; Pat Heagerty, David Swanson, Dan Swanson, (Patty) and Priscilla Gunderson. Vonny was predeceased by her husband, Bobby and her siblings, Leroy, Sharon and Mark.