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Cordelia Hatlen

Sept. 8, 1918-Aug. 9, 2009

Former Ponsford resident Cordelia I. Hatlen, also known as "Aychewazhid Cahgayiguning Ikwe" (Ojibwe for "flies across the water woman"), 90, of Minneapolis, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2009 at her home, surrounded by family.

Cordelia Isabelle Bagley was born to Michael and Louisa (Hanks) Bagley on Sept. 8, 1918, in a wild rice camp near Ponsford. She married Fred Hatlen in December 1950 and they spent their lives together raising their children, many nieces, nephews and grandchildren in Ponsford and Redby, Minn., until Fred passed away. Cordelia then spent her time in Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Minneapolis with her children and grandchildren.

Cordelia enjoyed going to the casino, speaking the Ojibwa language, playing cards, traveling and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren making each one feel special. She will be remembered for her quick witted wonderful sense of humor. She was loved, respected and known by many as "Granny," putting a smile on the faces of everyone she met.

Surviving Cordelia are her sisters, Frances Strong of Redby and Marie Bonga, of Monroe, Wash.; her children, Joyce Roy of Detroit Lakes, Rodney (Joyce) Skadsheim of Blackduck, Minn., Adeline (Dave) Goodman and Diane Hatlen, both of Minneapolis Beda (Kris) Dudley of Bemidji and Charles Hatlen of Fargo; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Fred; five brothers; one sister; and a son, Samuel Skadsheim.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd Street, Minneapolis.

Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, assembly area No. 6 in Minneapolis.

Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted, Minn., has been serving the family. An online guestbook is available at the website,