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Ora Gilbertson

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Feb. 21, 1922-May 18, 2008

Ora M. Gilbertson, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo.

Ora M. Lucken was born to Ole and Caroline (Gustafson) Lucken on Feb. 21, 1922 in Fertile, Minn. She grew up and received her education in Mentor, Minn., graduating from Mentor High School in 1940. She then lived in Milwaukee, Wis., for a few years, and worked in a laundromat. On July 22, 1943 she married Harold A. Gilbertson in Erskine, Minn. They lived in the Fertile area for many years, before moving to Detroit Lakes in 1972.

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Ora was a member of the First Lutheran Church Quilters, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Emmanuel Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary and the "Birthday Club."

Surviving Ora are her three sons, Keith (Jeannie) Gilbertson of Rochert, Bruce (Brenda) Gilbertson of Starbuck, Minn., and Mark (Carolyn) Gilbertson of Prairie Du Sac, Wis.; one daughter, Kristie (Ken) Friese of New York Mills; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Eleanor Gilbertson; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Harold (Feb. 6, 1993); one son, Richard; two brothers,

Myron and Lloyd Lucken; and three sisters, Gladys Abbott, Esther Tice and Ruby Lucken.

Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, continuing for one hour prior to Saturday's services at the church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. David Peterson officiating.

Casket bearers are Eric Gilbertson, Chuck Gilbertson, Shawn Gilbertson, Todd Gilbertson, Jared Gilbertson, David Gilbertson, William Friese and Erik Gilbertson. Burial will be in Rodnes Cemetery, Erskine, Minn.

West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is handling arrangements.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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