Services for Ethel Wiseth

Johnson Funeral Service

Thief River Falls, MN


Ethel Wiseth (Evenson) age 89, of McIntosh, MN, formally of Goodridge, MN, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Poplar Meadows Senior Living Center, McIntosh, MN.


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Faith Lutheran Church in Goodridge, MN with Reverend Robert Dahlen officiating. Burial will be held at Goodridge Cemetery in Goodridge, MN.  Ethel’s family encourages anyone that has her paintings or craft items to bring them to display at the funeral only.


Visitation will be held Friday, July 10, 2015, at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN from 5 to 8 PM, with an 8 o’clock prayer service.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.


Ethel Wiseth was born June 17, 1926 the daughter of Knute and Signe (Ofte) Evenson in Kratka Township, Pennington County. She was baptized and confirmed at Ebenezer Lutheran Church North of Oklee. Ethel attended the District 39 Country School in Pennington County and graduated with the Class of 1944 a Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, MN. Her first job was working as a waitress at the Coffee Bar at Hartz in Thief River Falls. The summer of 1943 she worked at the Penny Store in Moline, Illinois.


Ethel’s Easter wedding on April 5th had to be postponed because of a huge snowstorm. Her marriage to Robert Wiseth was held Monday, April 7, 1947 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, in Mayfield Township, Pennington County.


The couple lived and farmed all of their life on the Little Crick Farm in Moylan Township, Marshall County. Robert passed away June 28, 1981. Their son Vance then took over the farm. Ethel continued to live on the farm helping out whenever she was needed.


Ethel was an active member in Goodridge Faith Lutheran Church and Sunday School. She was a member of Lioness and Charter member of Deer Park Garden Club. She won a state garden club award for organizing a community youth project in the town of Goodridge, MN. Ethel and Robert were also active members if Farmers Union, attending many national convention meetings at places like New Orleans, Kansas City, Orlando and Denver.


Ethel had a ceiling to floor cabinet collection of miniature spoons she collected from the many points of interest she has traveled to. Some of these include Hawaii, Norway, Sweden, Alaska, British Columbia and many other states.


Ethel enjoyed crafts, designing pins and banners, making flower arrangements, and sewing and quilting. Her most favorite hobby was the palette and paint brush. She enjoyed creating beautiful landscapes on canvas, saw blades and other keepsakes.


Ethel was also interested in genealogy and made scrapbooks dating back in history on both sides of the family for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to enjoy. Ethel and her sister each had a Norwegian Bunad (dress) and Hardunger Fiddles and they would take part in a fashion show in Minot, North Dakota.


In July 2009, Ethel moved to an apartment at Poplar Meadows in McIntosh, MN, where she resided until her death in June.  While there she continued to paint at Poplar Meadows for friends and relatives.  For three years she donated her paintings and craft items for the monthly bingo prizes including many mink stretchers with the word welcome which line the doorways of the complex.


Ethel is survived by her children, Victoria Hughes of Duck Creek Village, UT, Valerie (Wesley) Brekke of McIntosh, MN, Vance (Lori) Wiseth of Goodridge, MN, and Kurt (Judy) Wiseth of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren, Beth (Shawn) Rominski, Sandy (Todd) Enger, Dana (Rich) Dean, DaNae Wiseth, Dallas Wiseth, Amber Hughes, Robert (Kandy) Hughes, Nicole (Cory) Doolittle, Brittany Wiseth, and Devin Wiseth; great-grandchildren, Emma, Mason, Henry, Oliva, Thomas, Trustin, Lucy, Cameron, Dylan, Bryden, Westin, and Grant; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lloyd Wiseth, Marilyn Wiseth, Dean and Ione Wiseth, and Jean and Sherman Groven, along with many special family members and friends.


She was proceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1981; parents, Knute and Signe Evenson; sister, Helen Chervasted; brother-in-law, Orland Chervasted; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Betty and Bud Olson; nephew, Mark Olson; sisters-in-law, Elaine Wiseth and Sylvia Wiseth; brother-in-law, Kenneth Wiseth; and great-nephew, Adriane Wiseth.




Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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