Gudrun Helene Harstad, of Mayville, ND, Died on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Luther Memorial Home, Mayville, at the age of 94.
Gudrun was born in Mayville, on June 6, 1924, to Ole and Helen (Akre) Harstad. She was raised on a farm just south of town. She attended Mayville High School and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, in 1945.
Gudrun taught for two years in Norway as a Fulbright exchange teacher and then worked four years as a dietitian at Mayville State Teachers College. She taught for a total of 39 years, in several different schools in Minnesota and Montana. She taught home economics in Detroit Lakes, MN, from 1961 until retiring in 1974. She earned her Master of Science from North Dakota State University in 1966 and continued teaching to Jr and Sr High School girls.
Gudrun never married but looked upon her nieces and nephews as her children, helping them in many ways. She loved to see the whole family together over a sumptuous meal which included many Norwegian dishes. She filled the rest of her time helping people in whatever way she could. She was active in her home church in Mayville. Gudrun loved to travel and collect tea cups and jewelry. Norway was her favorite place to vacation.
Following a home fire in 2016, she moved to Sun Center, the assisted living portion of the Luther Memorial Home, Mayville
Gudrun is survived by her nieces and nephews, Ronald (Donna) Harstad, Julie (Dan) Boron, Dale (Koreen) Harstad, Neil (Chris) Korsmo and Jane (Bob) Winter; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Julian and Karsten Harstad; and her sister, Edith Korsmo.
Memorial gift suggestions are Mayville Lutheran Church Broadcast and Audiovisual Fund, Hospice of the Red River Valley, or Luther Memorial Home Activities Department.
A memorial service for Gudrun will be held in Luther Memorial Home, Mayville, on Thursday, April 18, at 4 PM. Her funeral service will be held in Mayville Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 2 PM. Interment will be in the Mayville Cemetery.
Arrangements by Korsmo Funeral Service, Moorhead, MN.