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Patricia Lorsung, 73

Patricia Lorsung, 73

Patricia “Patty” Ann Lorsung was born July 29, 1940 in Benson.

The daughter of Eddie L. Kvam and Minnie J. (Opoien) Kvam of Benson in Swift County, Patty grew up on her parents’ farm southwest of Benson and graduated from Benson High School in 1958. She was looking forward to attending her 55th high school class reunion this September. She worked at the James Bjerk Photography Studio as a professional photo colorist for many years.

On October 22, 1960, Patty married the love of her life and the person who has been her best friend for life, Darrell Lorsung. They happily celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary last year.

Before having children, Patty and Darrell moved to Nashville, TN where Darrell completed his graduate degree and Patty continued to work as a photo colorist via U.S. mail, until they returned to Benson.

On April 4, 1966, their son Darren was born and the family moved to Bemidji. The family settled in the Nymore neighborhood southeast of Bemidji and it was while living there that their daughter Tracy was born on August 19, 1969. Patty enjoyed spending time with her kids, friends and family and was always busy with church and school activities.

In 1977, they moved to their home located on Frontenac Lake, just outside of Bemidji, where their community of friends continued to grow. She enjoyed so much there, being outdoors gardening and fishing and watching all of nature, including the many different birds that visited her bird feeders, especially the hummingbirds that she fed with her homemade hummingbird juice. She enjoyed being with friends, living, loving and laughing. As her grandchildren have grown, she has passed this love of the outdoors and fishing on to them.

Patty loved spending her quiet time painting, creating projects for Darrell, that they would then give as gifts to family and friends. She was always giving, happy, and ever the optimist. Over and over she has been called a very special lady, an angel of sorts, to all of us who have been blessed to have her in our lives. Patty’s laugh and her smile, her words of wisdom, and her occasional stubborn Norwegian spirit live on.

Unexpectedly, she was called to God and reunited with her son Darren on Sunday, August 25, 2013. She will be loved and missed forever.

Patty is survived by her husband, Darrell; her daughter, Tracy Peloquin of Stillwater; her grandsons, Kade and Owen Peloquin; and her brothers, John Kvam and Jim Kvam.

Preceding her in death were her son, Darren, in 1982; parents, Ed and Minnie Kvam; and her brother, Eldon Kvam.

A funeral service was held Thursday, August 29 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Garfield with the Rev. David Gran officiating. Greg Kapphahn was the organist. Interment was at Calvary Lutheran Cemetery in Bemidji. Casket bearers were Chris Kvam, Jeff Kvam, Dan Kvam, Steve Kvam, David Carlson and Jack Carlson.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;