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Adeline Bakken

March 21, 1909-Feb. 6, 2011

Former Hawley resident Adeline E. Bakken, 101, of Moorhead, died Sunday, February 6, 2011, at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Adeline E. (Halverson) Bakken was the third in a family of eight, born to Peter and Sofia Halverson on a farm south of Audubon, on March 21, 1909. She attended school in Audubon. After one year of teacher training school she taught in a one-room school south of Audubon. A few years later, she taught in the village of Cormorant.

On June 16, 1933, Adeline married Gunnar Bakken and for 26 years, they lived in Hawley, where he was the manager of the Hawley Co-op Creamery. Adeline was superintendent of the Sunday school, president of the PTA and president of the Church Women. She was instrumental in the publishing of numerous cookbooks for the Hawley Lutheran Church.

In 1961, Adeline and Gunnar moved to Cass Lake and became owners of the Dairy Queen store. Gunnar died in Cass Lake in 1969, after which Adeline moved back to Hawley in 1971 to be the secretary of Hawley Lutheran Church. She served for 12 years.

Since her retirement, Adeline has been an active volunteer in several church-related programs. She has resided at Eventide Catered Living since 2002.

Surviving Adeline are three children, Jane Ann (Louis) Hull of Bloomington, Minn., Dr. Curtis (Ruth) Bakken of Park Rapids and James (Sandy Scarnelly) of Georgetown, Texas; sister, Randina Poels of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Lester Halverson of Bermuda Run, N.C.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Gunnar Bakken; three sisters; two brothers; and grandson, Samuel Bakken.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Sam Bakken Memorial Scholarship Fund at Concordia College or to the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Hawley Lutheran Church in Hawley, with interment at Audubon Lutheran Cemetery, Audubon.

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