VIVIAN SHIRLEY TORKELSON
Vivian Shirley Torkelson, 73, a lifetime Park Rapids and Menahga, resident, died very unex-pectedly Friday evening, Sept. 20, 2013 at St. Jo-seph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids.
Vivian was born Jan. 14, 1940 on the home farm in Wolf Lake Township of Becker County, to LaVerne and Ina (Razer) Torkelson.
It was there that she began her public education at the nearby country school. Later she went on to attend the Menahga Public school through the eighth grade. She went on to attend high school in Park Rapids where she graduated with the Class of 1958.
As a young woman, Vivian ventured to Minneapolis where she gained employment working for the Federal Reserve Bank.
On March 7, 1959, Vivian was united in marriage to George Allen Rognstad. This union was blessed with four children, Mitchell, Robin, Rhonda, and Christopher.
In 1960, the young couple returned to the Park Rapids area and farmed on the Hubbard Prairie. Vivian devoted herself to making a warm and loving home for her husband and children. She was a won-derful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious lefse, chocolate chip cookies and thin pancakes. In addition to homemaking, Vivian also worked nights cleaning the Park Rapids clinic for many years.
When her children were old enough to all be in school, Vivian went back to school and studied Business Administration at the Detroit Lakes Vocational Technical College. Following her graduation, she began working for the 3M Wonewok Resort in a career that spanned over 20 years, until her retirement in 1997.
Vivian enjoyed a special friendship that she shared with Ken Atkinson in a relationship she has treasured for over 20 years.
Vivian was talented in working with her hands and created many beautiful floral arrangements that she sold at flea markets and craft fairs. She enjoyed antiquing and studying depression glass. She bought and sold many beautiful sets of depression glass over the years. She also worked with Ken painting many of his woodcrafts over the years.
In her younger days, she did a great deal of oil painting and drawings. Above all, Vivian devoted her life to Ken, her children, and her grandchildren who she loved with all her heart.
Vivian will be lovingly remembered by her dear friend and soulmate, Ken Atkinson of Park Rapids; her four children, Mitchell (Rebecca) Rongstad of Inglewood, Calif., Robin (David) Schmitz of St. Michael, Rhonda (Steven) Taylor of Elk River and Christopher Rongstad of Rogers; five grandchildren, Nathan, Nicol, Benjamin, Brooke and Jude; brother, Keith Kresman of Cary, Ill.; two sisters, Virginia Torkelson of Newark, Calif. and Melissa Curtis of Hotchkiss, Colo.; as well as nieces and nephews.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Thursday Sept. 26 at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 25 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home, Park Rapids.
To leave online condo-lences or to view the video tribute visit www.jonespearson.com.