Ellen Marie Lovdahl, 80 Minot, formerly of McGregor, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Trinity Homes nursing home.
Ellen-Marie’s memorial service was Monday, July 31, 2023, at Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel, Tioga. Pastor Mike Olson officiated.
Ellen was born on May 10, 1943, in Oslo, Norway, to Anton and Lilly (Dahl) Jacobsen. She spent many hours working alongside her father and brothers, Tore and Asle Jacobsen, in the small corner market that they owned. When she wasn’t in the market she spent time learning to cook, sew, knit and crochet from her mother; activities she enjoyed doing throughout her life.
In 1973 she met a “loud American” in a great big white cowboy hat who introduced her to his nephew Bruce Lovdahl and on April 13, 1974, Ellen and Bruce were married at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of McGregor. She enjoyed life as a farmer’s wife and working at the hospital in Tioga until the birth of her first child, Michael, on August 13, 1978. Two years later on September 9, 1980, she gave birth to a set of twins, Brian and Annette. For many years she was a devoted housewife and mother. When their union ended she began working for the Good Samaritan Center Nursing Home in Noonan in 1993. Even though she was working again she would always make time in her busy schedule to go to her children’s activities whether they were sports, academic or musical. Her biggest joy in life was that of her children.
She is survived by son, Brian (Shayna) Lovdahl, Montevideo, Minnesota, granddaughters; Alita and Aria Lovdahl; daughter, Annette (Rick) Haakenson, McGregor; grandchildren, Hannah, Katherine, Alexander and Ryan Haakenson; brother, Asle Jacobsen, Norway; three nephews; two nieces and great-nieces and great-nephews all of Norway.
She is preceded in death by parents, Anton and Lilly Jacobsen; brother, Tore Jacobsen and son, Michael Lovdahl.
Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Tioga have been entrusted with arrangements. Friends may sign the on-line register book and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com