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June Gimse

June B. Gimse, age 90, of Willmar, died Monday morning, July 18, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the First Reformed Church in Willmar. Interment will be at Nannestad Cemetery near Pennock. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

June Bernice Gimse was born on April 14, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Joseph and Geoline (Olson) Carlson. She was the middle child of seven children, growing up in many different farm houses in the Murdock area and attending many one room country schools. She graduated from Murdock High School. June was proud of the fact that she helped the war effort by working in a factory in the cities during World War II. On March 31, 1947, June became the bride of Ernest Marvin Gimse. They were blessed with three daughters, Catherine Diane, Margaret Lucille and Barbara Jean. For a while they farmed North of Kerkhoven on Highway 104, then later they purchased a home in Pennock. June lost her husband, Marvin in 1961. June knew she was the soul support for her family, so she enrolled at the Willmar Community College and became a bookkeeper. For over 30 years June was employed at Nelson Construction of Willmar as their bookkeeper. When the girls were grown and went off on their own, she bought a cute little house in Willmar. June loved to garden and her yard looked like a park. Being an energetic lady, she would walk every day, (and to the distress of her daughters) she mowed her lawn, shoveled her driveway and climbed up to clean her gutters. June was always ready to help anyone who asked. Junes hobby was making quilts. Her daughters, granddaughters and great grandchildren all stayed warm and cozy under her quilts. Being very proud of her Scandinavian heritage, June took Norwegian classes and was a member of the Sons of Norway. She also took many other classes over the years, such as ceramics, cooking, sewing, rosmaling and even swimming lessons. The Horticulture Club she belonged to helped create her pretty flower gardens. June was also very active in her church, acting as church secretary for many years, and volunteered for many years at the Food Co-op in downtown Willmar.

She is survived by her three daughters, Catherine (and Rob) Owen of Mt. Horeb, WI., Margaret (and Jim) Verdick of Coon Rapids, MN., and Barbara (and John) DeJesus of East Hartford, CT.; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Iva Lue Evenson of Spicer and Joyce Jorgenson of Fairmont, besides numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest in 1961; two brothers, Vincent and Ellert Carlson; and two sisters, Annavieve Christenson and Dorothy Anderson.

Cemetery Details

Nannestad Cemetery
16550 County Road 1 NW
Pennock, MN, 56279


JUL 22. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


JUL 23. 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

First Reformed Church

1237 SW 15th Street

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

Funeral Service

JUL 23. 10:30 AM

First Reformed Church

1237 SW 15th Street

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

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To the Gimse girls, Such fond memories I have of our old neighborhood in Pennock. We were so blessed to have our mom's always there to care for us. I remember how we walked home for lunch each day from school and then back again; you three girls still eating your half a piece of fruit . The birthday parties, playing house, having parades, what fun! You were fortunate to have your mom with you for all these years. My sympathy to you in your loss. Blessed be her memory, Darlene Loven (one of the Krattenmaker girls)

Darlene Loven - July 19, 2016 at 08:26 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Blue & White Sympathy Standing Spray was purchased for the family of June B. Gimse.

July 21, 2016 at 09:27 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Fields of Europe for Spring was purchased for the family of June B. Gimse.

July 21, 2016 at 02:48 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My name is Michele Jo Gimse. I am the daughter of the late Virgil Douglas Gimse and Dale and Patricia Morse . Virgil was the brother in law of June, so she was my aunt. Growing up June and my mama would be making Lefse and Lutefisk at Christmas time for the Gimse Christmas dinner every December and sometimes during the year,they made the best Lefse you would ever tasted. June would bring the Lefse iron to be set in mama's kitchen and then they would be very busy. The best Lefse you would ever tasted ,cooled and fresh from the Lefse iron. She was a beautiful person inside and out.She will be deeply missed .:cry:

Michele Jo Gimse Bredeson - July 25, 2016 at 04:19 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I worked with June at the Kandi Cupboard Co-Op. she was a wonderful person to work with. It was a pleasure to know her

Delbert Whitman - July 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Such a wonderful and special lady she was.love you much auntie June!

Renae Thompson - July 28, 2016 at 03:28 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM