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Goodno, Selma C. (Morken) -- 1904 - 2004


Posted By: Errin Wilker (email)
Date: 2/5/2007 at 16:18:50

Selma C. Goodno, 99, of Mabel, Minn., formerly of Hesper, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home, Mabel.

Services were Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Hesper Lutheran Church,

She was born on Dec. 28, 1904, near Quandahl in Allamakee County, daughter of Soland and Sophia (Rotan) Morken.

She was baptized on Feb. 5, 1905, by the Rev. N.J. Vikingstad and confirmed on Aug. 24, 1919, into the Norwegian faith by Pastor Olaf Wangensteen at the Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church, Dorchester. She was an active member in the Luther League, choir and later in the Ladies Aid. She attended Bear Creek School No. 3 near Quandahl for eight years and then attended Waukon High School for one year. After working in the LaCrosse Garment Factory, she became a housekeeper for families in the Quandahl area.

On Feb. 9, 1927, she was united in marriage to Olaf Goodno at the Waterloo Ridge Parsonage by the Rev. Chisten Heltne; he passed away in 1987. To them six children were born. They lived in the Quandahl, Waterloo Ridge and Highlandville, Iowa and Bee, Minn. areas. In 1947, they moved to Hesper, where she was an active member in the Hesper Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, Circles and taught Sunday School.

She was a cook at the Hesper Public School and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Mabel. In June 1993, she became a resident at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel, where she enjoyed knitting, tatting and working jigsaw puzzles.

Surviving are a daughter, Norma Welper, of Hesper; four sons, George (Beverly), of East Dubuque, Roger (Yvonne), of Hesper, Solon, of Decorah, and Gary (Darleen), of Hesper; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Ragna, in 1990; a grandson, Thomas Hillard, in 1992; a great-great-grandson, James Flogel; a son-in-law, Reginald Welper; her parents; two brothers, Lewis, who was killed in World War I, and Henry; and five sisters, Marie (Melvin) Quam, Emma (Oscar) Christopherson, Anna (Joe) Palmer, Aida (Gust) Sacquitne and Gilma (Knute) Askelson; and twin sisters, Alma and Gida, and a brother, Edgar, who died as infants.

Source: East Dubuque Register, 8 October 2004


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