Services for Lois Ann Molden

Obituary for Lois Molden

Lois Ann Molden, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, peacefully fell asleep in death on November 24, 2023, at the Cornerstone Nursing Home in Bagley, Minnesota, at the age of 91.  She was surrounded with love by her three beloved children and several other family members.

Loise was born on September 13, 1932, in Bagley. Lois was the daughter of Ingvald and Ida Aakre of Clearbrook, MN.  She attended the Rydeen Country School and graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1951.  She married Donald Molden in 1952. 

Survivors include three Children; Linda Gunderson of Esko, Minnesota; Gary (Sue) Molden of Clearbrook, MN; and Michael (Suzanne) Molden of Clearbrook, MN. Nine grandchildren- Seth Molden, Autum Molden, Nicole (Fred) Molden, Nathaniel (Auri) Molden, Andrea (Wade) Abrahamson, Vanessa (Ryan) Abrahamson, Kyle (KaiLynn) Gunderson, Amber (Shane) Ostman, Erica (Josh) Weatherford. 

25 Great Grandchildren

 5 Great Great Grandchildren

One brother – Charles Aakre and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband-Donald, her brother - Harlan Aakre, his son-in-law- Tom Gunderson and her great granddaughter – Olivia Gunderson. 

As a young farm girl, and the oldest of three, Lois learned hard work and endurance from the start.  She developed many exceptional skills that followed her into adulthood including cooking, gardening, preserving, soap making, and seamstress work to name a few.  Lois was exceptionally resourceful at reusing and upcycling her whole life through.  Lois embraced many hobbies along the way, including cross country and downhill skiing, wine making, traveling, fishing, flying with Don in his small plane, teaching Norwegian language and culture, bird watching, and her greatest hobby was her “gift to gab” both in person and on the phone.  Never have you heard a longer Minnesota goodbye!  She was incredibly generous with her time and constantly put the need of others ahead of her own.  Lois set a fine example in showing hospitality.  Scandinavian egg coffee and fresh homemade treats were always all ready.  She prepared hearty full course meals in great quantity for countless friends, family, and workers on their wild rice farm during harvest time.  These memories will be forever etched into the minds and hearts of those who loved her dearly. 

"Lois adored every opportunity to dance with her dearest Donald. On the dance floor, they had a love language all their own. From the first time they met at a social dance in Clearbrook, when she was 19, on through their 61 years of marriage, dancing an elegant waltz or an upbeat polka thrilled her to the core!" 

As a wife and mother, Lois displayed beautiful qualities of gratitude and humility.  Her beloved husband, Don, worked for the pipeline and relocating from state to state was a frequent venture.  She embraced raising her children in a 8x30 foot trailer house the majority of their early years, so the family could be intimately together under the same roof. Lois became the definition of “home” in this setting, and she carried that with her throughout her lifetime…. Home is often described as the “intangible feeling you get in a location, a sense of peace, joy from loved ones or an environment where everyone knows they’re welcome.”  Undeniably, Lois endeavored to provide a home atmosphere of love, joy and peace to all those around her.  There was sunshine in her smile, compassion in her embrace, and her laughter was a true source of delight.  Lois loved life! 

Of all her life’s accomplishments, her greatest possession was her relationship with her heavenly Father, Jehovah.  Despite resistance and obstacles, she dedicated herself in baptism as one of Jehovah’s Witness in 1971.  She cherished what the Bible really teaches, and she shared her hope for the future with others. (Rev. 21:3-4).  Lois was confident that she would sleep safely in God’s memory and that she will undeniably wake up in a state of young vitality on a renewed earth at a time when God’s will “takes place as in heaven, also on the earth.”  (Matthew 6: 9-10.)  Lois was cherished by all, and her life was truly well lived. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 204 Sand Lake Ave… Bagley, MN. 56621

Messages of condolence may be sent to



Richards Publishing

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


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