Mary Ohren, age 88, of Lengby, MN, passed away on Thursday, May 13th, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston with Pastor Mark Erickson and Pastor Dave Simmons officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, rural Lengby, at a later date. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Mary Elizabeth Ohren was born on April 19, 1933 at home in Columbia Township, Minnesota to parents Conrad and Lillie (Hemry) Berglund. She grew up and attended country school in Columbia Township. She worked for a doctor in Fosston where she met her future husband, Len “Arden”.
Mary and Arden were united in marriage on April 23, 1960 at the Lengby Baptist Church. After their marriage, they lived south of Lengby and raised four children, Brian, Laurel, Rhonda, and Joanne.
Over the years, Mary helped seasonally for Carlson Farms, Simplot Potato, and, most importantly, raised her family. She tended to a large garden of vegetables and flowers on their farm every year and enjoyed sharing the fruits of her labor with family and friends.
Mary loved helping people. She was active in multiple volunteer organizations throughout her life. Over the years, she was active in coordinating Operation Christmas Child, Christian Resource International, Bibles to China, Lake Bronson Bible Camp, the Lengby Improvement Club, and numerous fundraisers for the Lengby Baptist Church.
She was a long-time and active member of the Lengby Baptist Church and was a Deaconess in the church. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, quilting, and making crafts. Most of all, she enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren.
Mary passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston at the age of 88 years.
She is survived by four children, Brian (Traci) Ohren of Lengby, Laurel (Matthew) Steen of Marshall, MN, Rhonda (Scott) Oien of Lengby, and Joanne (Tim) Balstad of Fosston; five grandchildren, Alissa (Joseph) Knopps, Katelyn (Edward) DeLanghe, Macey (Chase) Pehling, Matthew Balstad, and Sierra Balstad; six great grandchildren, Lennox, James, Samantha and Halle DeLanghe, Eden Pehling, and Jaxson Knopps; one brother, Rueben Berglund of Bagley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daryl (Iyelet) of Fosston, Leland (Connie) of Moorhead, MN, Doug (Jean) of Perley, MN, and Warren (Elaine) of Fosston. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arden, on April 21, 2021; her parents, Conrad and Lillie; granddaughter, Jessica Oien; one brother, Orland; nephew, Randy Ohren; and one brother-in-law, Eugene Ohren.