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Julia Christine Lundmark Hedin

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Julia Christine Lundmark Hedin

Julia Christine Lundmark Hedin was born in Leonard, Minnesota on February 3, 1928. She died peacefully on November 30, 2013, surrounded by her family in Northfield, Minnesota.

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Julie was preceded in death by her parents, Lambert and Evelina (Holmgren) Lundmark; husband, Milton Hedin, and his family; her siblings Elna Monsen, Elsie Nordlund, Edwin Lundmark, Esther Norman, and their spouses, and two infant brothers. Julie is survived by her children, Charlotte Burke, Clyde Hedin, Jean Norgaard, and Terri Busch and their families; sister Vera Gelen and her husband Louis; sisters-in-law Florence Lundmark and Faye Hedin; her many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends. She took great pride in her 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren

Julie was a mother, a teacher, a host, a friend, a traveler. Her children remember her for her loving nature, her quiet strength, her dedication to attending all of her childrens activities, her gingersnaps, her purposeful gait, her fashion sense, and her sense of humor. Her students and friends appreciated her compassion and patience.

Julie was raised with her siblings by hardy Swedish immigrants on a small farm near Clearwater Lake. Her education began in a one-room country school near Leonard and continued in Clearbrook High School from which she graduated in 1946. She chose teaching as her lifes profession. Julie received her teachers certificate from Bemidji State Teachers College in 1948, and immediately began her career in country schools in rural Leonard and Clearbrook. She met her future husband Milton Hedin at a dance in Clearbrook in 1949, and marriage ensued shortly thereafter, on June 9, 1951. She took some time off from teaching to raise her family of 3 children and help Milton farm. She resumed her teaching career when the kids started school, first as a substitute teacher in Gully then in elementary school in Gonvick in about 1963. In 1968, she and Milton were pleasantly surprised with the arrival of another little girl who immediately took center stage. She continued to take post secondary classes with a focus in special education and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1975. Julie spent the remainder of her teaching career in Gonvick working one-on-one with her many students, and retiring in 1990 after a fulfilling 40 year career. She sold her beloved 160 acre farm in 1993 and moved to Bemidji where she spent 10 years enjoying her siblings and meeting many new friends. Julie has lived in Northfield for the last 10 years to be near her daughters.

Although she left the Gonvick area almost 20 years ago, it remained her home because of the very rich sense of community it engendered. Square-dancing, coffee parties, sporting events, ladies circle, and church potlucks were among her favorite activities. The church was very important to her in her formative years and remained so as she raised her family, gave back to her community, and in her journey through Alzheimers. She was a proud member of Samhold Lutheran Church in Gonvick, First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, and active participant in her community in Northfield.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm at Samhold Lutheran Church, Gonvick Minnesota with burial in the Samhold Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am and lunch will be served following the service.

Julie loved babies, dogs, and her family. We were blessed by her life and will miss her dearly.

Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

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