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Ilene Hildegard Blythe, 81

Ilene Hildegard Blythe, 81, of Menahga died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home.

She was born to Syver and Nellie (Hendershot) Ronning May 6, 1926 at Parkers Prairie. She attended school in the area and did bookkeeping.

She married John C. Blythe May 6, 1961. He made a career in the US Air Force and they lived in California, New York, Minot, ND and Alexandria, LA.

She moved to Menahga in March 2002.

Surviving are her three sons, Terry (Yvonne) Viekko of El Dorado, CA, and David and Lester Viekko of Sacramento; three, brothers, Del Roy (Kathryn) of Menahga, Marland (Chris) of Maple Grove and Danny (Opal) of Park Rapids; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 3, 1985 and brother Robert.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Menahga with Pastor John Ramsbacher officiating. Ruth Ann Kinnunen will serve as organist. Congregational hymns will be "Blessed Assurance," "What a Friend we have in Jesus," "Children of the Heavenly Father" and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Casket bearers: Randy, Frank and Michael Ronning, Russ Mitlyng and Aaron and Adam Chase.

Interment: 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at Alexandria National Cemetery in Pineville, LA.