Valborg Huglen

Valborg Huglen, 96, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN, where she and her brother Raynard were recovering from the effects of having Covid 19.

The funeral service will be Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 pm at Westaker Free Lutheran Church, Newfolden, MN with Pastor Kevin Hall and Pastor Mark Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery following the service. There will be a visitation time at the Johnson Funeral Home in Thief River Falls, MN on Wednesday, January 20 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Valborg Marguerite Huglen was born August 13, 1924, in Wildrose, Williams County, ND, to Reverend Reinert J. and Inga (Lee) Huglen. She was baptized by her father.

She attended schools in Wildrose; Govan Saskatchewan, Canada; Westby, MT; and Newfolden where she graduated from high school in 1942. She then went to Minneapolis to seek employment. In the next two years she had jobs as a receptionist for a doctor and dentist, at Donaldson’s department store and Investors Diversified Services.

But she longed to be a teacher, so she enrolled at Moorhead State Teachers’ College in Moorhead, taking the two-year course in elementary education. After graduation, in 1946, she became the third grade teacher in Alvarado, MN, but when that opening occurred in Newfolden she applied and secured that position and began her 45 year career there. She taught some fourth grade, but almost all was third grade alone. Valborg retired from teaching in 1992.

In 1967, after some years of summer school, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from then called Moorhead State College.

For some years she spent part of her summer vacations teaching vacation Bible schools in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Valborg never married, but has always been very close to her siblings, nieces, and nephews, remembering birthdays with greeting cards and notes. The same goes for a good number of other friends, including former students.

While she didn’t go by boat or airplane, she traveled quite a bit, having been to both coasts of the U.S. and Canada by auto trips with family.

Because she could teach in Newfolden, she and her mother could maintain their family home there. They were companions and in later years she became her mother’s caregiver, enabling her to live out her life at home before passing on at age 97.

Valborg is survived by her brother Reverend Raynard Huglen and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Irene Strommen, brother Reverend Erling Huglen, sister Cordelia Agrimson, brother-in-law Dr. Elmo Agrimson, brother-in-law Dr. Merton Strommen, sister-in-law Rhoda (Monseth) Huglen and nephews David Strommen and Robb Agrimson.

Blessed be the name of Valborg Huglen.

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