Mary J. Dimmen, 77, of North Branch, died in her sleep on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Ecumen North Branch.
Mary was born Feb. 2, 1935 at Kelliher, Minn. to parents John and Rachel (Frost) Lutgen.
Mary was a hard working woman who held a variety of jobs from waitressing, factory work, laundry services, housekeeping and even field work. Her most recent employment was delivering a variety of local papers which she did for many years in the area. In her leisure time Mary enjoyed, gardening, fishing, attending races, cribbage, bingo, gambling and feeding the wildlife which she was especially concerned about this time of year. Mary always made time and room for friends and family and enjoyed playing practical pranks or putting together a surprise celebration for those whom she held dear.
Mary is survived by her children, Les (Bev) Dimmen of Mora, Ronald Dimmen of Lindstrom, David Dimmen of Anoka, Linda Dimmen of St Paul, Skip Lutgen of Centuria, Wis., Pamela Lutgen of Anoka and Richard (fiance Timber Rosing) Dimmen of Detroit Lakes. Siblings, Emelene Jurasin of Mission, Texas, Roy Lutgen of Harris, James (Lila) Lutgen of North Branch, Glenn (soulmate Lela Peasley) Lutgen of Blackduck, Bruce Lutgen of International Falls, Linda (Tim) Simington, and sister in law Shari Lutgen of Littlefork. She is also survived and loved by a multiple of grand and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John and Leslie and sister, Rosella Nordrum, granddaughter Crystal Rae Lutgen and a number of nieces and nephews
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Sunrise Bible Church with Pastor Richard Mork officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Honorary pall bearers are Tye Lutgen, Rex Lutgen, John Darkow, Jesse Lutgen, Richard Darkow and Bruce Lutgen Jr. Private family interment will take place at Sunrise Cemetery at a later date.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff and residents at Ecumen who became a second family to Mary in the past three years that she resided and was cared for there. Also a special thank you to Fairview Hospital ICU staff who recently cared for Mary as if she were a member of their own family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.