Mary J. Dimmen, 77, of North Branch, died in her sleep Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Ecumen North Branch.
Mary was born Feb. 2, 1935 in 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 that 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 (fiancé Timber Rosing) Dimmen, of Detroit Lakes. Siblings, Emilene 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 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Sunrise Bible Church with Pastor Richard Mork officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Tye Lutgen, Rex Lutgen, John Darkow, Jesse Lutgen, Richard Darkow and Bruce Lutgen Jr. Private family interment will take place at Sunrise Cemetery.
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. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.