Harriet Lutgen, 92Harriet Lutgen, 92, longtime Osakis resident, went to meet her Lord early Tuesday morning, November 29, 2011 from Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Harriet Lutgen, 92, longtime Osakis resident, went to meet her Lord early Tuesday morning, November 29, 2011 from Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Harriet was born July 30, 1919 to Bernt and Marie (Togstad) Anderson. She was baptized September 1, 1919 in her home and confirmed as a young woman at Sauk Valley Lutheran Church in rural Osakis on November 20, 1932.
Harriet graduated in 1937 from Osakis High School and then went to business school in St. Cloud. She worked as a legal secretary for the Borchert and Metcalf attorneys in Osakis for three years.
On September 14, 1940, Harriet married Wilfred “Wiff” Lutgen at the Catholic parsonage in Osakis. They purchased the Coast to Coast hardware store in 1942. Wiff was drafted into the Army during WWII and was captured by the German army. He would survive a grueling 106 days as a prisoner of war. Harriet ran their hardware store because she always believed he would make it back. Upon his joyful return, the Lutgens continued to own and operate the hardware store in Osakis for more than 45 years, retiring in 1987.
Harriet was a strong Christian lady who overcame many difficult times in her life by relying on her faith. She was a member of Osakis Lutheran Church and also belonged to the Osakis VFW Auxiliary, having served as their first president. She was a former Osakis Chamber of Commerce member and also belonged to her neighborhood sewing club.
Some of her interests included gardening, especially flowers, fishing, cheering on the Minnesota sports teams and stock car races. Her favorite cars were her gold Monte Carlo and a yellow GTO. Harriet was a loving mother and grandma who will be greatly missed.
Harriet is survived by her children, Ann (Doug) Lillemoen of Osakis, H. Michael (Carol) Lutgen of New Prague and Janet (David) Rudnik of Moundsview; eight grandchildren, Chris (Monica) Lillemoen, Melissa (Jeff) Wilkie, Amy (Matt) Cook, Matthew and Michael Lutgen, Chelsea (Joe) Bremer, Kris (Kerri) and Kyle Rudnik; nine great-grandchildren, Brianna, Brayden and Jackson Lillemoen, Jacob Longley, Zach and Alex Wilkie, Andrew and Ashlyn Cook and Landon Hatton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wiff; son, John; and two brothers, Morg and Ed Anderson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 3 at Osakis Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Calvert officiating. Organist was Pat Converse. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Osakis with pallbearers being her grandsons, Chris Lillemoen, Matthew and Michael Lutgen, Kris and Kyle Rudnik and Joe Bremer. Honorary bearers were the ladies of the Osakis VFW Auxiliary and her granddaughters.
Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.
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