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Lorene Arta (Polkinghorne) Haaversen

Lorene Arta (Polkinghorne) Haaversen, 99, of Bemidji, died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 at Homefront Assisted Living.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, with the Rev. Eric Hucke officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior the service.

She was born on April 27, 1909, to Ernest and Maude Polkinghorne in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Polkinghornes lived in Happyland, Minn., an area 10 miles south of Littlefork, where her father owned a sawmill. She attended school in Littlefork. She played the piano as a teenager. She played so well that she provided the music for the town's silent movies. She met Bill at State Normal School in Bemidji (Teacher's College), from which they both graduated in 1929. She taught in Roseau, Minn. She and Bill were married in 1931 and they moved to Carr Lake. She taught piano and returned to classroom teaching after her children were in school and taught at Beltrami County's Riverside School. After retirement, she and Bill traveled by recreational vehicle throughout the United States. She was a long-time member of Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron of the Bemidji Chapter 171 and her husband served as Worthy Grand Patron of Minnesota. She was well known for her piano skills and provided music at Eastern Star and other events for many years. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children, Bill (Arlene) Haaversen of Brainerd, Don (Judy) Haaversen of Minneapolis and Linda (Mylo) Shoberg of Forest Lake, Minn.; brothers, Robert (Mary) Polkinghorne of Warren, Mich.; Bruce (Violet) Polkinghorne of Littlefork; two sisters-in-law; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1980; her parents; her step-mother, Margaret (Moe) Polkinghorne; and brothers, Roy, Jack, Harold and George.

Memorials are preferred to Bemidji United Methodist Church.