Norine Elizabeth (Jahnke) Lussenden (88) lived a faith-filled life, whose legacy impacted the spiritual life of her children, grandchildren and many of those around her. She was born July 10, 1927 in Devils Lake, ND and entered eternal life surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Norine graduated from Rock Lake High School, Rock Lake, ND in 1945. She attended Electronic Radio-Television School in Minneapolis and then worked in Chicago for Western Union. She attended North Dakota Agricultural School from 1947 to 1949 and worked at the Mary Elizabeth Dress Shop in Fargo while she was a student. She worked with her father and sister at the Jahnke Brothers General Store in Rock Lake, ND. Norine married Lowell Lussenden on August 14, 1955 at the Rock Lake Methodist Church. She served as a Teachers’ Aide at the Rock Lake Public School for 29 years. Beginning in 1981 Norine worked as a bookkeeper and manager for the Rock Lake Housing Authority. She was a member of the A.B.C. Homemakers club for 31 years, serving as President and Secretary.
Norine joined the Rock Lake Methodist Church on April 9, 1939 where she served as a Sunday School teacher, sang in the church choir, served as the membership secretary, financial secretary and on the church board for ten years. Norine loved being around her family, working with children at the school, helping the elderly, doing all kinds of crafts and spending time at their cabin at Lake Upsilon.
Norine was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She had a giving heart and touched many people’s lives. Norine was also known to get the un-controllable giggles and passed this trait on to certain grandchildren.
Norine is survived by her sister, Mrs. Marrion Walsh, Moorhead, MN and her children, Loraine (Craig) Hendley, Eagan, MN; Lois (Mark) Anfinrud, Fargo, ND; Lavonne Evenson, Bloomington, MN; and Roger (Sue) Lussenden, Redwood Falls, MN along with seven grandchildren, Joy (Adam) Broin, Northfield, MN; Robynn (Lance) Dillon, Lakeville, MN; Holly Lussenden, Starkville, MS; Ryan (Rebecca) Anfinrud, New Brighton, MN; Carley Evenson, Shoreview, MN; Aaron Evenson, Fargo, ND; Amy Anfinrud, Fort Lauderdale, FL and great grandchildren Katelynn Joy Dillon and Maren Grace Broin.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lowell Lussenden, daughter Mary Elizabeth, parents Charles and Mary Jahnke, sisters Charolette Hovey, Margaret “Peg” Straley, and Ila Coon.
Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus, 2900 North Broadway, Fargo, ND. Visitation at 10:00 a.m.