Myrtle Ouren Nordskog, 105, formerly of 102nd Ave West, passed away Monday, May 28, 2012 in her apartment at The Pines Assisted Living. Myrtle was born on January 25, 1907 in Hanska Township in southern Minnesota to Ole and Ida Ouren.
She attended Normal Training School in Madelia and was a one-room schoolteacher for 9 years. In the winter she would live with one of the student's families because travel back and forth from town was too difficult. During her teaching years she bought her own car, a Model A. She enjoyed traveling, visiting Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and a favorite trip for her was to Norway with her daughters, where she found the birthplace home of her great grandfather.
She met her husband, Leonard, of forty-five years, in Hanska where he was a pharmacist in the local drug store. They were married and moved to Duluth where they resided and owned the Community Drug and Park Pharmacy.
Myrtle was a gracious lady, an excellent homemaker, and wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. She played the piano in her home while their friends would gather around and sing the old songs. She loved to go dancing and played her favorite game of bridge until just recently. Her grand children and great grandchildren called her Nana and when they were little they believed that Nana was their best bet for a playmate at any family gathering. All loved her.
She had a long life, well lived and was a gift to all of us. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, in 1980, and a brother, Morton Ouren.
She is survived by her daughters, Rae Janis (Jack) LeVasseur, of Duluth, and Beverly (Curt) Hedeen of Plymouth, 3 grandsons, David (Jan) LeVasseur of Duluth, Jason (Carin) Hedeen of Plymouth, and Brian (Emily) Hedeen of Orono and 7 great grandchildren, Erin, Olivia, Isak, Ethan, Logan, Sylvie, and Camille. A special thank you to Kathy Anderson and the amazing staff at The Pines Assisted Living for their loving care. The family is also grateful to Lisa, who stayed with Myrtle many nights. Visitation 10 until the 11 a.m. Memorial service Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 2701 W 3rd Street. Rev Greg Daher officiating. Inurnment in Park Hill Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. To sign the guestbook on line, please visit www.wlbfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.