December 27, 1968 ~ March 18, 2011
Laura Irene Winter, 42, of Moorhead, MN passed away Friday, March 18, 2011 unexpectedly at home. Laura was born Dec 27, 1968 at the Minot Air Force Base in Minot, ND. Laura was the oldest child of Linda Jones of Fargo, ND and James Winter of Brandon, MN. She was raised in Moorhead, MN. She attended Moorhead High School and went on to the Community College of Fergus Falls and Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. Upon completion she went to St. Cloud State University where she double majored in Criminal Justice and Adolescent Chemical Dependency Counseling. She graduated with honors. The last 3 years she started her own commercial cleaning business in the Fargo/ Moorhead area.
Laura was married to Martin Steffens of Alexandria, MN in 1989 to that union 3 children were born; Amanda, Ashley and Andrew. The couple later separated.
Laura was a member of First Assembly of God in Fargo, ND.
Laura was very passionate about her family. The holidays where exceptionally special to her. She was a great cook. During the Holidays one of her favorite desserts to make for her children was fudge. Laura had a special way of making her house a home.
A great hobby of hers was playing her violin in high school and being a part of many concerts. She was a member of the Northwest Tae Kwon Do and loved passing to higher belts. On her Harley she had a great love for wind in her face, music in her ears and the freedom of the open road. She loved sharing this freedom with her children and grandchildren, giving them rides around the yard and around town. She also shared this love with her friends.
She was survived by Amanda (Nicholas) Dahmes and grandchildren Thomas and Olivia Dahmes of Alexandria, MN. Ashley (Jeremy) Williams of Alexandria, MN. Andrew Steffens of Alexandria, MN. Mother; Linda Jones of Fargo, ND. Father; James (Karla) Winter of Brandon, MN. Sister; Lynnette (Jack) Reeves and their son James of Wahpeton, ND and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Matt and Irene Wood of Derby, Vermont, Stanley and Florence Winter of Hoffman, MN and 5 uncles.