University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Remembering Loretta Renden

Loretta Renden, 73, of Grand Forks, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Altru Hospital.

Loretta Marion (Lindquist) Renden was born Oct. 3, 1936, on her family farm in rural East Grand Forks, the eldest daughter of Edwin and Ruth (Skavlem) Lindquist. Loretta grew up on the farm, working very hard to help support her family. She attended the local rural school which was located on the corner of the family farm. She completed the 11th grade at East Grand Forks Senior High School. She moved to Grand Forks and worked at C & R Laundry in the later 1950s.

Loretta was united in marriage on April 25, 1959 to Vernon Renden at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural East Grand Forks. She moved to Grand Forks and raised four children, David, Dennis, Nancy and Janet. She went back to work after Janet started school and worked for the Ramada Inn for five years and UND for 11 years as a housekeeper. She was a loving, caring, devoted, and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was an avid weather watcher and was nicknamed "The Weather Girl" because of her keen interest in approaching storms.

Family members who survive Loretta are sons, David of Fargo, Dennis of Grand Forks;   daughters, Nancy (Rick) Anders of Lawrenceville, Ga., and their children, Derek, Christen, Katelyn and Jonathan Anders, and Janet (William Jr.) Mutcher of Grand Forks and their two sons, Mathew and Michel Mutcher.  She is also survived by two brothers, Arnold Lindquist of East Grand Forks and Duane (Ellen) Lindquist of Grand Forks,  one sister, JoAnn (Wayne E.) Nelson of rural Oslo, and one brother-in-law, Norman Renden of Owatonna, Minn.,  along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon on December 28, 2007, grandparents, several uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters-in-law.

-- Courtesy Grand Forks Herald.


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