Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Randall, Friday, May 23, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gary Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be in Wild Rice Lutheran Cemetery in Twin Valley. Visitation will be from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday at the church.
Katie Inez Oakes was born April 28, 1923, in Hunter, N.D. to the late Inez and “Doc” George Oakes. She lived her early years in Hunter near her grandfather’s pioneer homestead. Later the family moved to St. Paul, where they lived until Katie was 13. Then they moved to Arthur, N.D. and later to Fargo. Katie graduated from Moorhead High School in 1941. She was very active in school being an honor student, on the newspaper and annual staff, in choir, band, orchestra, and the Thespian Society. Katie was very musical and played the piano, organ, viola, violin, trombone, and accordian. She was always in the church choir wherever she lived. After graduation, she married Brune Snartland and moved to Washington state, near Seattle. Besides her family, Katie loved Lake Lida and spent as much time there as possible. She had one son with Brune and three more children with her second husband, Orville B. Olson. Katie had her four kids at Lake Lida every summer as much as possible. In 1971, Katie married Francis Boreen, and moved to the farm near Twin Valley. She continued to work at Moorhead State as a bookkeeper until her retirement after 20 years. Then she farmed with Francis and his brother, Harry. After they were all retired, Francis and Katie moved into “town.” They spent winters in Texas at Palm Shadows RV Park which they enjoyed very much. Summers were split between Lake Lida and their home in Twin Valley. In 2006, after 35 years of marriage, Katie lost her husband Francis, the love of her life, and never fully recovered. Her Alzheimer’s Disease worsened. Katie was a resident of the Twin Valley Retirement Home for a few months, then moved to Randall and was a resident of Amazing Days Elderly Care Center until her death on May 6, 2014. The staff and residents at Amazing Days cared and loved Katie for the eight years she lived there.
Katie is survived by children, Randy (Barb) Olson of Lakeville, Laurie (Ron) Venske of Randall and Georgianne LaPort of Clover, S.C.; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson; brother, Thomas Oakes of Detroit Lakes; and sister, Ethel Sellin of Portland, Ore.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Brune Snartland, Orville Olson and Francis Boreen; brother, James Oakes; sister, LaRayne Anderson; son, Steven Olson; and grandson, Garth Venske.