Louise "Lou" Anita Shogren, 59 of Tenstrike, MN died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 after a brave battle with ovarian cancer at her home.
Memorial Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Nate Bendorf officiating. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family.
Lou was born January 18, 1954 in Deer River, Minnesota, the daughter of Ralph and Virginia (Dearholt) Magnuson. She moved regularly as a child, living in Montana and California before returning to Bemidji to attend high school, graduating in 1972. She attended Thief River Community College and UND, graduating with a degree in Education. Known as Lou Lou or Teacher Woo by many of her students, she taught second grade in Kelliher for four years, before joining the Bemidji School District. She was with the Bemidji Early Childhood Family Education program for more than 20 years, influencing the lives of countless kids and their families. Lou viewed her career as a calling, often crediting the children for choosing her to be a teacher.
She married Gregory Shogren on October 18, 1980 in Solway and they recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary. Throughout their marriage, they regularly traveled to the Boundary Waters and spent hours fishing together on Gull Lake and Red Lake. Always one to pull out another plate or coffee cup, she surrounded herself with friends from all chapters of her life and delighted in her family dropping by to visit. Lou was a warm and generous individual who brightened the lives of her family, friends and coworkers.
She is survived by her husband Gregg of Tenstrike, her children- Jim (Angi) Shogren of Bemidji, DeeDee (Mike) LeMier of St. Paul, Mike Shogren of Tenstrike, grandchildren Jadie, Noah, Tommy and Henry. Her mother Virginia Magnuson of Bemidji, siblings Myrna Wilson of Folsom, Ca., Audrey Kepp of Bemidji, Bill Magnuson of Hines and Debbie (Ron) Tuck of Bemidji, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother James.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials. Condolences may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.