Louise Langness celebrated her 88th birthday on November 14, 2014.  She enjoyed a food-filled Thanksgiving in her home with her daughter Debra Langness Lockrem and her husband Dave (Rome, WI); her son Jay and his wife RaNae Weinmann Langness (Apollo Beach, FL)   and their oldest daughter Kristen Langness Marino and husband Eugene (Charles Town, WV), with their two children Amelia and Simon. 

Louise passed away Saturday evening, November 29th, in her condo with family present, which was just the way she wanted.   The only better way would have been in her recliner watching the Twins win the World Series, since she was such an avid Twins fan. 

During the 4th of July holiday she was visited by Jay's other daughters, Kari Langness Williams and her  husband Damon ( Garner, NC) and their children Natalie, Elena, and Casey; and Jana Langness Farris and her husband Michael (Hickory, NC) and their one year old son Samuel. Louise was delighted to have had the opportunity to visit with six of her great grand children this year.   She also corresponded with her son Cal's daughters Heidi Castelein (Brian) Eden Prairie, MN and their sons Anders and Soren; and Tammi Nelson (Ellettsville, IN) and her son Liam. 

Louise was born in Wheaton, MN.  During the War, she and her parents worked at an air craft maintenance facility in Utah.  After the War, she attended Dakota Business College and worked at the Fargo Police Department where she met her husband Curtis, whom she married in 1948.  As her children were growing, she was active as a Cub Scout Den Mother, involved in Peace Lutheran Altar Guild, an active member of Elkettes and knitted like crazy with her knitting machine and the F-M Knitting Guild.  During many holiday seasons she made thousands of krumkakkes and sandbakkles for the Metropolitan 12 Days of Christmas.  In her later years, she rejoiced in her children's, grand children's, and great grand children's activities.  She welcomed her frequent visits from her "favorite sister", Norma and her husband Jim Jung (Browns Valley, MN),  and their six daughters Andrea, Lynn, Tess, Sue, Gina, and Laura, and their families.   She loved that at her age she was computer literate and enjoyed keeping up with friends and family on email and Face Book and the fact that she ordered her groceries on line.   She enjoyed her daily Sudoku puzzles, cross word puzzles and crypto quips.  She was delighted that these activities kept her mind sharp.  

Louise was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Alta Harker (Rosholt, SD); her husband Curtis Langness, retired Fargo police captain; and son Cal Langness and his wife Sandy Frank Langness.

She greeted each day with "Good Morning God.  This is Louise checking in."  And now, she is with Him.  

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  1. Browns Valley Minnesota
    My Favorite Sister. We always referred to each other that way. Didn’t matter that we were each other’s only siblings. I will dearly miss her and our hour long telephone conversations, our acey deucy games and our hashing over Twins baseball.
    For many years we have always signed off all our communications with a couple of ridiculous lines coined by 2 old radio comics named Bob and Ray who always ended their show with. (Write if you get work) and the reply is ( and hang by your thumbs)
    Love you much Weezie.
    Your favorite sister, Norma

  2. Browns Valley MN
    Stayed with Aunt Louise for a few weeks in the summer while I was working on my master’s degree, so you could say we were room mates for a while. Always enjoyed visiting with her and her wonderful attitude toward life. I will miss you Weezie. Love Tess

  3. Wausau WIDeb, I am so shocked and sad to hear the news about your Mom. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time. Hugs, Kendra

  4. Wausau WiDeb, Dave, and the rest of your family – I am so very sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your mom, but she sounds like she was a very unique and special person. I’m hopeful that with the gift of your last visit you will have some special memories to cherish. I heard something recently that stuck – “Grief is the last stage, in the process of love”. The last thing we do for someone when they pass, is grieve for them. I don’t think grief every really leaves us, but hopefully with time it will be with happiness and only a small amount of sadness. Take care! Sharon

  5. Schofield WIDeb: My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family for the loss of your mother. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of need. Roberta Hunt

  6. Had a great thanksgiving trip in Fargo with Kristen and her family and Jay’s sister and husband. Saturday, Jay played acey deucey with his mom….she won as usual. ….a few minutes later she was gone. She had been so excited about seeing us all and we had such a nice visit! It was exactly the way she wanted it. It was a great shock but she leaves us with AWESOME memories. ….she used to make 300 dozen krumkakkes and 300 dozen sandbakkles every year for a local bank’s Christmas. She also made lefse for a grocery store. She got a knitting machine and went to town. She loved her computer and was a great friend to all her kids friends. She worked at an aircraft plant in Utah during the war and met Jay s dad when she worked at the Fargo Police Department. She had amazingly beautiful handwriting. She will be missed greatly.

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