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Tangen, Beverly Rae (Anderson) 1932 - 2021


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 4/16/2021 at 11:40:07

Beverly R. Tangen, age 88, of Decorah, IA, passed away peacefully Friday night, April 9, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, IA.

Memorial Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021 at Decorah Lutheran Church with Pastor Amy Larson officiating. Inurnment will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday, one hour before the service, at Decorah Lutheran Church.

In consideration of Covid-19 concerns, masks and physical distancing are required.

Beverly Rae (Anderson) Tangen was born December 1, 1932 in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of Juel and Hazel (Goetsch) Anderson. She attended Decorah Schools and Decorah High School.

Bev was united in marriage to Merlin I. Tangen on June 17, 1951 in Decorah. They were blessed with eight children: Mary, Linda, Cheryl, Butch, Gordon, Marc, Lee, and Justin.

Merlin and Bev farmed with his brother for many years, then they farmed on their own for 20 years. They retired in 1988 and moved into Decorah. She was a longtime member of Glenwood Lutheran Church then joined Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah. She was active in church circle at both churches.

Bev enjoyed playing cards, cooking, and baking, and was famous for her lefsa and homemade donuts. She cherished visiting with friends and family, going to grandchildren’s events, and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved Halloween and Christmas every year and started planning for them in July. At Halloween, she had a big bowl of candy out for everyone and made a bag of candy for everyone in her family. She really liked Nordic Fest and being an active participant in the Lutefisk eating contest every year. At Christmas, she was Santa Claus dressed in her Santa suit, for neighbors and her family for many years. Every Christmas she made a Christmas Village display that was spectacular.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Juel and Hazel Anderson; her husband Merlin on August 11, 2018; her brother Robert Anderson; father- and mother-in-law, Melvin and Ida (Hendrickson) Tangen; brother in-law, Julian (Dewey) Tangen; and nephew, Curtis Tangen.

Bev is survived by 3 daughters: Mary (Jon) Wendling, Linda (Bill) Dotseth and Cheryl (Dwaine) Lemke, all of Decorah; 5 sons: Butch (Therese) Tangen of Weston, WI, Gordon (Linda) Tangen, Marc (Dena) Tangen and Lee (Tammy) Tangen, all of Decorah, and Justin (Daisy) Tangen of Dakota Dunes, SD; one brother, Gordon Anderson of Decorah; one brother in-law, Carlton (Elaine) Tangen of Estherville, IA; her grandchildren: John (Jess Garwich) Wendling, Jake (Mary)Wendling, Jenny (Rolf) Goulson, Jarad (Caitlyn) Dotseth, Allison (Seth) Christen, Tamara Tangen, Troy Tangen, Trent (Krista) Tangen, CJ Tangen, Cory Tangen, Jason Lemke, Jamie (Al) Zahasky, Kari Tangen, Kim (Stephen) Hoffman, Bob (Gabriel Surovy) Root, Ryan (Stephanie) Tangen, Mike (Jess) Tangen, Lynsey Tangen, Bret (Ashley) Tangen, Tory Tangen and Nathaniel Kai Tangen; numerous great-grandchildren; 1 niece and 3 nephews.

Source: Fjelstul Funeral Home database

Lutheran Decorah Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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