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Marian Wegner

Aug. 24, 1918-Jan. 24, 2013

Marian N. Wegner, 94, of Fargo, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Elim Nursing Home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Marian Agnes Tonn, the daughter of August and Minnie (Sommerfeld) Tonn, was born on August 24, 1918 and raised on the family farm four and a half miles southwest of Arthur, N.D. She graduated from Arthur High School, then attended Moorhead State University for two years. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Arthur.

Marian married Elmer Kae Nelson in February 1939. The wedding and dance at the Old Arthur Town Hall had to be postponed a day because of a blizzard. They farmed near Erie, N.D., and had four children together. Elmer was killed in a car accident in 1950.

Now a widowed mother of four, Marian moved to Fargo, where she met and married Herman F. Wegner in 1954 and completed her role of raising her children. When her children were of school age she attended Dakota Business College. She accepted the position of registrar at Central High School in Fargo. After the school burned down she finished her working career at South High School, retiring after 24 years with the Fargo School System.

When the children were grown and scattered around the country, they all received weekly carbon-copied letters. Her handwriting was perfect. She so enjoyed her summers at the cabin on Big Floyd Lake, spending time with her family. She was famous for her peanut butter rolls, apple salad, lemon bars and meat loaf. On rainy days the family crowded around the big dining room table and played racehorse solitaire.

Marian loved to read. After her retirement, every third week became "Library Tuesday." She would check out 14 books for her next three-week reading frenzy. Every book had to be read by the end of the three weeks, which meant all night reading sessions, and it continued right up until the end. An end table always had a crossword puzzle, book or word search game resting on it. In the living room was a card table with a jigsaw puzzle on it in some stage of completion.

Marian walked the hallways of Pioneer Assisted Living for four years. Three trips up and down the hallways was a third of a mile and three trips a day completed her mile. Mission accomplished. We want to thank Pioneer Assisted Living and Elim Nursing Home for the wonderful care they gave Marian.

Surviving Marian are her daughters, Marjorie (Bob) McKinnon of Dent, Frances (Gaston) Buford of Spring, Texas, and Susan (Loren) Jensen of Bremerton, Wash.; son Leroy (Vernice) Wegner of Fargo; grandchildren, Dawn, Peter, Matthew, Carly, Christopher, Katherine, Justin, Alicia, Lindsey, Bryce and Anne; 13 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brothers-in-law Norman (Louise) Nelson, of Ayr, N.D., and William McClellan of St. Cloud; sisters-in-law Grace Wegner of Marshall and Betty Wegner of Virginia, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Marian in death were her husbands, Elmer K. Nelson and Herman F. Wegner; parents, August and Minnie Tonn; and seven sisters, Henrietta, Mamie, Leona, Helen, Eleanor, Martha and Margaret.

A prayer service is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Elim Care Center Chapel, Fargo, with visitation starting at 3 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, with visitation starting at 10 a.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. To view the complete obituary and sign the online guestbook, visit