HARRIET E. MELDAHLHarriet E. Meldahl, 97, of Duluth passed away Saturday May 26, 2012.
Harriet E. Meldahl, 97, of Duluth passed away Saturday May 26, 2012.
Harriet was born to William and Laura Ekern in Flandreau, S.D., on March 24, 1915. She was raised in Pipestone, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1938 with a degree in Foods and Business.
Harriet worked for Wisconsin Public Service from 1938-1940. She put on cooking shows in theatres to sell the latest kitchen appliances. Harriet met her husband at the U of M, and on Nov. 9, 1940, she married Martin M. Meldahl and they moved to Duluth.
During World War II Harriet worked at Bagley's Jewelry Store while Martin was in the service. Afterward, they moved back to Pipestone for seven years before returning to Duluth in 1952, where they built their dream house and raised their family.
In 1962, Harriet started work for the University of Minnesota Extension Services as a Home Economist in Rehabilitation. Harriet taught classes in five Northern Minnesota counties to help handicapped men and women learn to be independent in their daily lives. She produced a series of videos "Ability Not Disability" and won a Chicago International Film Festival Award. She attained a professorship and worked for the U of M Extension Service until her retirement in 1980.
Harriet was awarded Who's Who of American Women and was active in Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, PEO Sisterhood, Altrusa International, American & Minnesota Home Economics Associations, Arrowhead Home Economics Association, and Phi Upsilon Omicron.
Harriet enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, baking, church, organization activities, and being with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Martin; parents Will and Laura (Steen) Ekern; sisters Lorine Ekern and Betty Ann (Douglas) Frick.
Harriet is survived by children Marjorie (David) Carlson of Columbia Heights, Minn., Barbara of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Martin (Kim) of Superior; 11 grandchildren, Kristen (Jeff) Cook, David Carlson, Leah, Scott (Jill), Candace, Angela, Nicholas (Nicole), Stephanie, Jennifer (Jeremy) Haynes, Louise (John) Kolthoff, and Evan Connelly; and 13 great-grandchildren.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, in Glen Avon Church. Visitation 10 a.m. until the service. Inurnment will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials to Glen Avon Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or to PEO Educational Loan Fund.
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